Rivka Ester Rothstein rivkaest at 012.net.il
Thu Mar 26 07:47:41 EDT 2009

It's my honor to present the expert's advice on Pesach Appliance
Cleaning - every guy on the Home Team Pesach Cleaning team studies this
and carries it in his back pocket!  Here's Yerachmiel Soltz' updated
words of wisdom:

          by Yerachmiel Soltz 

American Ovens
Don't pour water on the oven range for any reason. If it is very dirty,
put oven cleaner on a non-abrasive sponge and scrub away.  

Don't use any fantastic or bleach to clean your oven walls.  Most oven
walls are made of an absorbent metal and use of these cleaners will
cause a bad smell and it could be unhealthy to eat food cooked in the
oven after using those cleaners.  

Be careful when self cleaning a Maytag or GE oven. When using the oven
for a long period of time or during the self cleaning it is crucial to
leave the oven at least an inch and a half to two inches (4 to 6cm) away
from the wall.  Most of the heat of these ovens goes out the back and if
it is too close to the wall, it could damage the digital clock.   When
self cleaning, one may put the grates of the range in, but not the
burners themselves.  

European Ovens
Only use a small amount of water when cleaning the burners on top of the
range.  Make sure to dry them thoroughly before use.  Not drying them
properly can cause the range to smell of gas.  If the gas doesn't work
after a good cleaning, take off the burner and make sure the hole for
the gas is clear.  It can be cleaned by carefully inserting a needle
inside the hole under the burner. 

Don't use any fantastic or bleach to clean your oven walls as directed
above for the American ovens.  Use one of the many oven cleaners that
are available in local stores.

When taking apart your fridge for cleaning, make sure to pay attention
to how to reassemble it.  Once you have finished cleaning the fridge, if
it doesn't start right away, wait at least an hour before calling your
local technician.  Every no-frost fridge has a timer which goes into
defrost for about half an hour every 6 to 7 hours.  It is most likely
the reason for the fridge not starting right away. 

If you have an old fridge that is not a no-frost, let the ice melt by
its self.  Do not try to break the ice with any sharp objects, this can
cause a puncture in the piping and could result to a costly repair.  

It is also advisable not to pour water in the freezer when cleaning;
this can cause water to drip on open wires in the freezer causing the
electricity in the house to short.  

Be careful when cleaning behind the fridge, there are open pipes that
can get damaged.  

If your fridge racks are glass or a solid material you could cover them
completely. If the racks have slates or holes, you need to make holes in
the material you use to cover them as this is part of the air flow
process required for the fridge to work properly.  Be careful not to
over fill the freezer, the air flow which enters the fridge must first
pass through the freezer.  When it is packed too tightly it will stop
the air flow, leaving the freezer cold and a fridge warm.


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