When receiving a major appliance such as a range, it is essential to carefully examine the product for any damages or issues prior to signing for it. To do so, check for any dents or scratches in the metal, inspect the power cord's plug for any deformities, test out the oven door by opening and closing it multiple times, and evaluate all the burners.
If you discover any issues, it would be wise to decline the delivery or request documentation to prevent the company from claiming that the problem arose after their team had departed. Utilize your mobile device to your advantage by taking photos of any irregularities that catch your attention.
Familiarize yourself with the instructional guide
While it may not be the most enthralling material you'll read this month, investing time in reading the manual for your new oven could be beneficial, especially if it has features that you are not familiar with such as convection or combi-steam options. Feel free to draw attention to noteworthy sections, fold the pages, or take notes in the manual. It could prove to be a useful reference for you, and you have the freedom to personalize it as you see fit.
Similar to other kitchen appliances like a range fridge freezer, your oven might have online videos explaining its features, which you can check with the manufacturer or major hardware stores. These videos can help you better understand the features in just a few seconds.
After unpacking your range, be sure to clean it by wiping it down
The larger cardboard pieces are typically taken by the installers, but it is essential to conduct a meticulous sweep and eliminate any zip ties, particularly on the racks, plastic coverings on the controls and the door, and any other packaging materials that may still be present in or around your oven.
After completing the initial step, apply warm water mixed with soap on a cloth and clean the oven racks and interiors with it. Then, arrange the racks at your convenience. In case you are unsure, you can move one of the racks towards the top while the other towards the middle as they are the positions that you will most likely utilize the most.
"A break in the oven" refers to a situation where the oven stops working or malfunctions. The process being referred to here is technically referred to as a "burn-in," which actually involves several important steps. It is worth noting that almost every oven, be it gas or electric, requires some sort of burn-in process (as we mentioned earlier in this text), otherwise, you might end up with some nasty lingering chemical odors that can taint the taste of whatever food you cook in the oven.
To ensure there is no residue left on the surfaces of a new oven, it's recommended by most manufacturers to heat the oven to a high temperature of approximately 400°F for 30 minutes. It's important to open windows and use fans to help with the smell during the process. It may be necessary to repeat the process multiple times until the chemical odor is no longer detected while the oven is in use.
Inspect your kitchenware to ensure it is compatible
It is recommended that you have checked the compatibility of your cookware with your new range prior to purchasing it. In case you haven't, it is advised to refer to the manual now. Even if you have already checked, it is suggested to do so again.