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I’m an appliance pro and these five common mistakes are ruining your oven – it can cost you hundreds

IF THERE'S one piece of kitchen equipment any home-cook needs it's an oven.

But even if you're cooking skills are limited to frozen pizzas, knowing how to take care of your oven is vital.

Keeping your oven clean is the key to it lasting longer
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Keeping your oven clean is the key to it lasting longerCredit: Getty

According to the pros a there are five things that most of us are forgetting to do when it comes to our ovens.

The mistakes can not only cost a fortune to put right, but can be a real safety risk.

Not cleaning range filters

Maybe you didn't know that these filters were a thing, in which case it's definitely time to clean them.

They can trap grease, smoke and nasty odours that you don't want sitting around in your kitchen.

To get them looking brand new simply add them to a pot of boiling water for roughly 10 minutes, before adding 64g of baking soda and dish soap and leaving to soak.

Then use a non-abrasive brush to scrub any remaining gunk to keep your kitchen smelling fresh and help prevent fires.

Not cleaning the bottom of the oven

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Just because you can't always see the bottom of your oven doesn't mean that it doesn't need to be cleaned.

When it's covered in baked-on grime and grease it can block vital airflow and overtime, could cause the oven to break completely.

Putting too much food in the oven

Overloading your oven with food can stop air from moving around the oven properly, meaning everything will take much longer to cook and could even be a fire risk.

If you've got a lot of cooking to do, plan ahead to avoid shoving everything in the oven at the same time!

Not unplugging to clean

According to the pros, it's important to fully unplug your oven for routine cleaning and maintainence.

This is to avoid "accidental electrocution or cause the oven to short circuit."

The added: "Just make sure to unplug and turn off the breaker to the oven, look in your manual to learn the best way to clean your oven."

Recalibrate and replace

You might think that you're cooking your chips at 180 degrees, but when was the last time you checked that your oven was reaching the correct temperatures?

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If the temperature inside the oven is wrong, it might need to be recalibrated.

It's also important to replace and damaged burners and regularly check the gasket.

Don't forget about the bottom of your oven when you next clean it
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Don't forget about the bottom of your oven when you next clean itCredit: Getty
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