Keeping your oven clean is an important part of kitchen maintenance. In addition to looking great, a clean oven also prevents smoke and unpleasant scents from entering your home – or your food. If you don’t have time to manually clean your oven, its self-cleaning function can help. Review the self-clean oven instructions in your Use and Care guide, then follow the steps below.
How does a self-cleaning oven work?
The Self-Cleaning cycle uses very high temperatures, burning cooked-on food to a powdery ash. Refer to your Use and Care Guide for specific instructions on setting the Self-Clean feature.
IMPORTANT: Some birds are extremely sensitive to the fumes given off during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Exposure to the fumes may result in the death of certain birds. Always move birds to another closed and well-ventilated room. To avoid the potential for injury, keep other pets away from your oven during a self-clean cycle as well.
Tips for cleaning a self-cleaning oven
The self-cleaning cycle on your oven is automatic, but that doesn’t mean you should “set it and forget it.” The tips below will help you achieve the best results.
- Clean your oven regularly. If you prefer the Self-Cleaning cycle to manually scrubbing, try to self-clean the oven before it becomes heavily soiled. Heavy soil results in longer cleaning and more smoke.
- Keep the kitchen well-ventilated during the Self-Cleaning cycle to help get rid of heat, odors and smoke.
- Do not block the oven vent(s) during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Air must be able to move freely.
- Do not clean, rub, damage or move the oven door gasket. The door gasket is essential for a good seal.
How to use a self-cleaning oven cycle
Before starting the Self-Cleaning cycle, you’ll need to take a few minutes to prepare your oven, cooktop and storage drawer. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.
PREPARE THE OVEN
- Remove the oven racks, broiler pan, grid, cookware and bakeware from the oven.
- Remove any foil or oven liners from the oven.
- Hand-clean inside the door edge and the 1½ in. (3.8 cm) area around the inside oven cavity frame, being careful not to move or bend the gasket. This area does not get hot enough during self-cleaning to remove soil. Do not let water, cleaner, or any other liquid enter slots on the door frame. Use a damp cloth to clean this area.
- Wipe out any loose soil to reduce smoke and avoid damage.
Clean the Oven Window
Cleaning the window glass prior to self-cleaning the oven will reduce unsightly burned-on residue. Soil left on glass prior to self-cleaning may leave dark streaks or stains. Most of these stains can be removed by using a glass cleaner and scrubbing with a very fine (000) steel wool pad.
Prepare the Cooktop and Storage Drawer
- Remove any plastic items from the cooktop to prevent melting.
- Remove all items from the storage drawer.
Before self-cleaning, make sure the door is closed completely or it will not lock and the cycle will not begin.
Start the Self-Cleaning Cycle
- Press the Clean button.
- Select the desired clean setting or cycle time.
- Press the Start button
- When the cycle ends, let the range cool and wipe out excess ashes from the clean cycle.
Self-Clean Cycle Reminders
- The oven door will lock approximately 6 seconds after the cycle has been started.
- "Heat," "On," "Locked," and "Clean" will appear on the display.
- The door will not unlock until the oven cools. The cycle time includes a 30-minute cool-down time.
- When the cycle is complete and the oven cools, "End" will appear on the display and "Locked" will disappear.
- The heating and cooling of porcelain on steel in the oven may result in discoloring, loss of gloss, hairline cracks and popping sounds. This is normal and will not affect the performance of the appliance.
Please see the oven cleaning section in your Use and Care Guide for specific instructions on how to clean your oven.
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