Cakes, savoury dishes and other culinary treats – whether you're a chef at heart or an amateur cook in your spare time, a gas or electric oven is an appliance you use daily to provide pleasure for your taste buds.
With regular use, however, you may find that your oven begins to play up. But before you start thinking about getting rid of it, why not try replacing the faulty part? Finding that your oven will no longer heat up? Make sure it's not been set on the wrong programme, and also check the heating elements, or indeed the thermostat, to ensure they haven't failed. Oven not self-cleaning properly when you use its pyrolytic cycle? It could perhaps be too dirty, or the wrong setting may have been used (eco, normal or intensive).
It's also important to regularly clean your oven in order to prevent dirt and grease building up to the point where it causes damage to the appliance's components. Every one or two times you use your oven for an extended period of intense cooking (when making a roast for example), carry out the cleaning process suitable for your particular appliance: pyrolysis in the case of pyrolytic ovens, catalytic cleaning for ovens equipped with catalytic liners, and cleaning entirely by hand for the rest. Even when using catalytic or pyrolytic functions, don't forget to sponge away the bits of carbon and other deposits from the corners of the oven by hand.