How do I remove tin foil baked on brand new oven bottom?
I lined the bottom of our sears kenmore oven, delivered today, with tin foil, just like my mom always did, and I have always done. I turned the oven on to 400 degrees to bake some veggies and the tinfoil baked to the bottom of the oven. I've used a razor blade, carefully, trying to get it off. It wont come off. Got any ideas?
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Unfortunately you can't remove that foil, you will end up doing more damage to the liner. the only thing you can do is replace the liner. And it's a big job, if the manufacture makes a replacement part for your unit, and if they do it will be costly. Your warranty will not cover it.
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Your oven probably has a feature called a hidden bake element. The element is located beneath the floor of the oven. (Because of this, NEVER put aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven because it will get hot enough to melt the aluminum foil and make it bond to the bottom of your oven.) You can adjust the temperature of your oven through the electronic oven controls. Check your owner's manual for how to do this.
You may have had some sugary spill that has caused this to happen. If this is a self-cleaning oven, I would not put any chemicals of any kind on it and it is unlikely to free the foil.
Try this: remove the oven racks, heat the oven to ~250F (120C) and keeping fingers away from the oven's interior, grasp the edge of the foil and lift it carefully.
If it is glued from some sugary deposits, this should be hot enough to flow the deposit and allow you to remove it in part or completely.
Noiselab is not correct for all cases. As Buzz says, if the springs are strong then the foil fix works and works really well. Refer to attached photo for guidance in conjunction with instructions below. Note my possibly simpler answer at bottom.
I cut some short narrow strips (about 4mm x 20 mm) from a tin can and folded them over into a flattened "U". You can back off the large Phillips head screw on the frame of the oven where the door hinges are inserted and sit the tin over the little plate that is held by these screws and then tighten so that one end of the "U" sits between the oven chassis and the adjustment plate. If it still doesn't quite close add more tin as required. Refer photo for terminology.
Now the simpler solution which I didn't try but which would probably work after I contemplated the problem in retrospect is this. The reason I didn't think of this was that I thought the hinge went into a tube or slot. Later I realised it is just a simple cantilever design which is why the tin foil solution works (ie lifting the middle support of the cantilever produces a corresponding closure of the door). When I inspected the large Phillips head screws to insert the tin foil these were completely loose. Try this first then. Slide the adjustment plate up as high as the tolerance of the Phillips screw allows and then tighten it off hard. This will raise the bottom edge of the plate just as the tin foil method does. If not enough then proceed to the tin foil method.
I would say buy a new one if you can get a replacement for $399.00.
You can get an idea of parts costs by going to SearPartsDirect.com and entering your model number. I would think the element would be about $25.00, and the top would probably be another $150.00. Add in labor, and your quickly over $200.
I would do the same thing if I didn't know how to work on them.
Unfortunately you can't remove that foil, you will end up doing more damage to the liner. the only thing you can do is replace the liner. And it's a big job, if the manufacture makes a replacment part for your unit, and if they do it will be costly.
I really don't know what to tell you. During the clean cycyle the metal probably melted and is permantly sealed to the bottom. You are lucky the oven still works. Sometimes using foil will destroy sensors or other things. NEVER use foil in ANY oven!!!!! The only exception is to partially cover the shelf underneath something you know is going to make a mess. Even then don't cover more than about 60% of the rack.(Never do this in a convection oven as the fan will blow the foil ) Also NEVER!!! allow foil to come in contact with a hot burner. It will melt to the smooth top or coil.