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When to Replace Your Old Oven

Last Updated Jun 16, 2011 · Written by Rob Schneider

When is it time to replace your old oven? The short answer is that when you start thinking about replacing your oven, the time to replace it is probably coming soon. New ovens do cost money, though, so before you jump in and make an "impulse buy," it's a good idea to consider your options. Whether or not you need to replace your old oven now or later depends on several factors:
  • Would it be more cost effective to just repair your existing oven? The older an oven is, the more repairs it needs. Over time, the repairs tend to become more frequent and more costly. There comes a time when it may be more cost-effective to just replace an oven rather than repair it.  
  • Are you planning on renovating your kitchen in the near future? If so, it's probably a better idea to make any necessary repairs now and replace your oven when you renovate. This way, you won't feel like you have to plan your new kitchen around your near-new oven. When you renovate your new kitchen, you may decide that you want to change from an underbench oven to a wall oven or from a built-in oven to a free standing range.   
  • Is your existing oven still serving your needs well? Do you find yourself not cooking dishes you want to cook (like a roast turkey, for instance) because your oven is not big enough or doesn't have the features you need? If you can't cook what you want to cook or do not get the results you want, then you probably need a new oven.

When to Definitely Replace Your Old Oven

You know it is definitely time to replace your old oven when:
  • It needs frequent repairs.
  • You renovate your kitchen.
  • Your family has outgrown it.
  • You can't cook what you want to cook.
  • Your energy bills are getting out of hand.
Once you have decided that it's definitely time to replace your old oven, you then need to think about what you're going to replace it with. You now have the opportunity to choose the perfect oven for your needs. If you are just replacing your oven, you will need to stick with the type of oven you already have. If you have a wall oven, for instance, you will be looking for a new wall oven. If you are also replacing your existing kitchen, you have even more options to choose from. These are some things to look for in ovens:
  • Wall ovens are great because you don't have to bend over to access them.
  • Underbench ovens allow you to maximise your bench space.
  • Double ovens allow you to cook more dishes at the same time.
  • Single ovens allow you to cook larger dishes than may be possible in a double oven.
  • Gas ovens are more environmentally friendly than electric ovens and are cheaper to run.
You will also be able to choose the features you want, such as electronic controls, self-cleaning, fan assisted heating and cooling and many more. Check out some of our other Home Improvement Pages Ovens articles for tips and suggestions to help you choose your new oven. If it has been a number of years since you last looked at ovens, you will be amazed by all the recent improvements that have been made to them.
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