Thanksgiving is Coming. Can Your Oven Take it? Angie’s List records oven repair spikes in November

INDIANAPOLIS – November 9, 2015 – America’s turkey dinners are in trouble. Good news for oven repair companies, but not so much for those whose family feasts hinge on a working oven.

“Oven repair specialists are likely thankful for November, but the stress level for some Thanksgiving feast preparers is about to go through the roof,” said Angie’s List (Nasdaq: ANGI) founder Angie Hicks.

A review of the past five years of oven repair searches on the national consumer review and e-commerce marketplace site showed that oven repair calls peaked in November four out of the five years.

Many homeowners don’t think much about their ovens throughout the year and according to highly rated oven repair specialists, a lot of homeowners don’t use their ovens as often as their grandparents did. But come the holiday season, suddenly the oven becomes the home’s workhorse, called on to ensure the yumminess of green bean casseroles, yams, turkeys, pies and a host of other treats.

“One of the worst things a baker can do is use the self-cleaning feature of their oven before they start preparing the family feast,” Hicks said. “Those features can heat ovens beyond 1000 degrees and they often will burn out electrical components. It might be clean, but the oven won’t work.”

Homeowners with dirty ovens should clean them by hand, Hicks advised.

Oven repair jobs included fixing heating elements, hoods, ignitors and broiler, fixing lights, knobs and switches and ensuring a good seal on doors. Once was a break-and-enter call.

“One of our favorite Angie’s List stories is when a woman accidentally locked her turkey in the oven,” Hicks said. “With her dinner on the line, she called for emergency help.”

The member had successfully used the oven’s self-cleaner but unbeknownst to her, the latch motor malfunctioned. When she put her bird into the sparkling clean oven, the latch re-engaged and overrode the heating switches so the bird was not only trapped, it couldn’t cook. The repair job was fairly quick and dinner was served without a problem.

It’s not just your oven that can wreck your holiday feast, Hicks points out. “Clogged toilets and garbage disposals make up the Thanksgiving triple threat. My advice is to research now to find reliable service pros who offer emergency service, and post those number to your fridge or to your phone. Hopefully you won’t need them, but if holidays past are a good gauge; some of you will.”

Angie’s List is a membership service but offers guides to all consumers free of charge. For advice on home emergencies, ovens and beyond, go here. For a guide on getting good emergency service, go here.

DO use your oven, but DON’T do these 5 Things to Foil your Feast:

  1. Use the self-cleaning feature before an important meal needs to be made. It’s just not worth the risk. Instead, clean up spills as you go; use drip pans to capture overflows.
    1. If you can’t help yourself from flipping the self-cleaning switch, at least review your owner’s manual and follow instructions. And have the pizza shop number on standby.
  2. Use your oven as a heat source. That’s not its intended use. It’s not energy efficient and long term use leads to premature part failure. Using a gas oven this way can create lethal carbon monoxide levels.
  3. Use aluminum foil for anything but to cover foods. Using it as a liner will affect the temperature of the oven because it will reflect heat. Also, it can cover necessary vents, which can lead to carbon monoxide buildup and even lead to a fire hazard.
  4. Spray cleaners on dials or switches because that can damage the electrical components behind them. Wipe down with a cloth instead.
  5. Let the oven sweat. Moisture on the oven door is red flag for a faulty door gasket, which keeps the heat inside the oven instead of leaking out.


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