Tip & How-To about Ovens
If you have an electric oven, there is one thing that you do not want to do. It does not matter if you have a wall electric oven, a wall double electric oven, or a freestanding electric oven. If the heating element in your oven is electric you do not want to do this.
After normal use of your oven the broiler pan, the oven racks, and the drip pans in the bottom of the oven can become soiled to the point where they will not clean properly anymore. Many people try to make the inside of their oven “look” better and give it a cleaner look by wrapping or covering these things with aluminum foil.
While this may give the oven a good clean look it also creates a problem for you and your oven. Aluminum foil is highly conductive and will “short” the electric elements in your oven if it comes in contact with them. This short means that the electricity will flow through the element and out of it at one point in an uncontrolled manner. This will cause a surge through the element to that point, which will cause the element to fail.
What many people also fail to realize is that the foil they wrap around these thing can move as the oven heats and cools. So even though the foil is far away from the element when you wrap it on, it can move till it comes in contact with the element and then in a moment it is too late to correct.
It has also come to my attention that some people may use aluminum pans in the bottom of the oven to catch any spillover that may happen. In my opinion that is just as bad as the foil wrap. These pans will warp with the heating and cooling also. If you can get a pan on the bottom rack and your food on the top rack, then you are good... the aluminum cannot get to the element in anyway...
If you have racks, pans, or other things in your oven that are too dirty and bother you…you are better off to buy new rather then take the chance on ruining your day in a flash.
Posted by D. Floyd... on
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