YOU know you’re an adult when the thought of buying a self-cleaning oven fills you with absolute joy.
Because let’s be honest – what could be better than ticking this maddening household chore off our life forever?
A home appliance repair technician has urged people against self-cleaning ovensCredit: Alamy
However, Scott Flint – a home appliance repair technician with over 30 years experience – is urging people to think twice before they take the plunge.
Speaking to Taste of Home, the handyman likened the self-cleaning feature to “swimming in shark infested waters”.
He explained: “A self-cleaning oven incinerates the crumbs and grease in your oven and turns them into ashes.
“It does this by bringing the interior temperature of the oven to almost 1,000°F [537 °C] for three to five hours and therein lies the problem -that much heat can damage oven component.”
According to Scott, the self-cleaning option runs the risk of damaging your high-limit switch, melting your convection elements and frying the relay board – all of which can cost over £165 each to fix.
On top of this, Scott says it’ll often melt the knobs and blow the light bulb too.
And if this wasn’t enough, the handyman warned that the sky-high temperatures could leave you with severe burns if you come into contact with the oven.
Instead, the expert recommended cleaning the inside of your oven with a dishwasher tablets.
Already own a self-cleaning oven? Well, it’s not all doom and gloom.
Although Scott advised against using the feature, he did highlight one of their other perks.
He added: “That extra insulation prevents heat loss during normal baking or roasting.
“Consequently, the oven is more efficient, which saves money.”