There’s no denying the convenience of the self-cleaning ovens. They eliminate much of the back-breaking work it takes to get an oven sparkling clean. Having said that, it’s actually important to know when not to use self-clean on your oven.

We generally recommend that you use this feature very sparingly. Why, you ask? Well, because of the nature of the self-cleaning process.

An oven self-cleans by heating its internal temperature anywhere between 900 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. This turns the residue built up on the interior of the oven into ash, which is to be wiped up after the oven cools.

The risk of heating your oven to such temperatures is that it can cause the malfunction of several parts, including a circuit board, switches, and fuses. The more often you use the self-clean feature, the higher the risk of one of those parts failing.

When Not to Use Self-Clean on Your Oven

Since you invested in an oven with the self-cleaning feature, we certainly understand that you want to take advantage of it. This is especially true before a major cooking holiday such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas since you want to have it tip-top shape.

Our word of caution: Don’t wait until right before the holiday to use self-clean! If you plan to use your self-clean feature, run cycle well before the holiday in case you need to get it repaired.

October is a good time of the year to use self-clean for this reason. Don’t risk being without a functioning oven on the big day!

Other oven self-cleaning tips to keep in mind:

  • Always be home for the full duration of the cycle (three-hour length is typical).
  • Keep a Class B fire extinguisher nearby just in case.
  • Avoid using during the hot summer months, as the very high oven temperatures will make your home even hotter.
  • Closely follow any other instructions listed in the owner’s manual.