The Kenmore self-cleaning oven is one of the most popular ovens available. The Kenmore brand is sold exclusively by Sears and the name is well-regarded as a manufacturer of quality appliances suitable to meet the needs of most budgets.
Who Makes Kenmore Appliances?
Although Kenmore is associated as being a Sears brand there are actually a number of manufacturers that make appliances that are sold under the Kenmore brand. Some of these manufacturers include:
- General Electric
The salespeople at the stores are generally discouraged from telling customers which manufacturer made which appliance, but having this information is important for the consumer because some products are just not as durable as others. If you have a Kenmore appliance you can use this chart to check the model number and see which manufacturer made your appliance.
Popular Kenmore Models
There are several models of self-cleaning ovens sold under the Kenmore brand. They vary by type and size but all work basically the same way. Kenmore self-cleaning ovens are available in gas models as well as electric so you can find what you need. Some of the brand's popular models include, but are not limited to:
Model 47764 is a 27 inch, double, self-cleaning wall oven. It comes in black, white, and stainless steel. Reviews are generally good for this model. One of the more common negative comments stated is that condensation builds up between the glass and the window in the oven door which gives the window a streaked appearance.
Model 48033 is a single wall oven with a convection option. It is self-cleaning and comes in the three standard colors of white, stainless, and black. Reviews are excellent for this appliance.
Model 40459 is one of the smaller, less expensive self-cleaning wall ovens. It comes in bisque, black, white, and stainless steel. The twenty- four inch oven is designed so it can fit in smaller kitchens.
Model 4659 Is a slide in range with a smooth cook top and a thirty inch self-cleaning oven.
To see more Kenmore self-cleaning ovens visit Sears online.
How to Use the Kenmore Self-Cleaning Oven
If you have lost the instructions to your self-cleaning oven then you will be glad to know that Kenmore designs each of their ovens in a similar fashion, so if you can no longer find a replacement manual, you should be able to get an idea of how to use the oven by looking at the manual for another Kenmore oven.
A self-cleaning oven works by allowing the inside temperature to rise to a very high level. It will then stay at this temperature, usually about 1,000F degrees, for the period of time it is set to. This is generally about two hours. Some models allow you to program the time from one to three hours depending on how dirty your oven is.
During this time of high temperatures dirt, spills and grease residue are burned off. It is literally incinerated and turned into a white ash. The door locks automatically and cannot be opened. The door will stay locked shut until the oven has cooled down to a safe temperature. This complete cycle of heating up, cleaning and cool down can take up to six hours. Many people set the oven to clean before they go to bed and wake up to a clean oven in the morning.
The ash can be easily wiped out of the oven once it is cool enough to open. If you schedule the oven cleaning regularly it will stay quite clean without much effort at all. It is a great way to have a sparkling clean oven without the use of toxic chemical cleaners.
It is important to never use harsh or abrasive cleaners in your self-cleaning oven. Always wipe it out with a damp cloth and plain water to avoid toxic fumes from being produced during the cleaning process.
Replacing a Lost Owner's Manual
If you have lost your owner's manual then you may be able to get a replacement for free. Try going to Manage My Life. You will need to know the brand and model number. If the owner's manual is on file you will be able to download it and print it out easily and quickly. If you have an older Kenmore then you will need to contact Sears to see if they still have the one that you need.
If you have the owner's manual but need replacement parts for your oven then you may be able to find the parts you need at Sears Parts Direct. The manual should include a list of parts and their corresponding part numbers so you should have no problem looking up and ordering the parts you need.
Save Time With a Self-Cleaning Oven
One of the best things about the Sears Kenmore self-cleaning oven is that it can give you back some of your all-too-valuable time. Rather than spending your afternoon scrubbing the oven, you can just program it and allow it to clean itself while you tackle more enjoyable tasks. Kenmore has a good reputation and Sears has excellent repair and customer service policies which add to the popularity of these oven models but as always, you should shop around for the appliance that best fits your needs and budget before settling on a specific brand or model.