Why Is My Stove Smoky? How To Clean Your Electric Stove

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In a previous post we discussed how to clean your electric glass stove top, but the same rules do not apply to an electric stove top with coiled burners.  Typically the burners will smoke due to excess grease and excess food from cooking on other burners. For those who love cooking, this could put a damper on your daily routine and favorite past time. So, here are a few ways to clean your electric stove top and also how to prevent that excess grease from sticking in the future.

Burn That Grease Off!

You can start by trying to burn the grease off. This is a method that will definitely smoke up your kitchen, but as long as you do it safely and have some windows open you may be able to rid them of grease just by burning it off. Do not crank them up to the highest heat, either. Try to keep them on a medium-high heat until they stop smoking. This should burn off any caked on food after a few minutes. Be sure not to leave the room and keep an eye on the stove until after you turn it off and it has reached a safely cooled state. If you do not feel comfortable using this method, skip down to the next one!

What you’ll need:

  • Dish rag
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  1. This is a method that many people use. Wait until your burners are COMPLETELY cool and remove them from the stove. Typically they will easily slide out with a gentle tug and lift, but if you are not exactly sure, be sure to look at the user’s manual.
  2. Dampen your dish rag and put a few drops of dish soap on it. Lightly scrub and rinse the residue from the coils. Be careful to avoid getting the electrical connection wet, and do not submerge the burners.
  3. If that does not work, make a paste from baking soda and water and apply it to the bit that will not budge. Let it sit with the paste applied for about 20 minutes. Then, scrub and rinse the coil.
  4. Before returning the burners to their spot on the stove top, be sure they are completely dry!

Drip Pan Cleanse

What You’ll Need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  1. Your drip pans may be the source of the problem as well. After removing the coils (which, once again, must be completely cooled), remove each drip pan and put them each in a separate zip-lock bag.
  2. To each bag add ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of vinegar and then shake the bag until the mixture gets fizzy inside. Let each bag sit for at least 5 hours. This will ensure they come out squeaky-clean!

Preventative Measures

It may seem old school, but burner covers really help. If you take care of your stovetop, you can avoid that smoky taste. Using burner covers while you are not using the burner will prevent splatter from one burner or from other food in the kitchen. Also, deep clean stove once a month. You can use this product on both a glass or ceramic stove top! Keeping up with the care of your stove top will tackle the smoky burners you are always trying to avoid!

Check out a similar post: How To Clean Your Glass Stove Top


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Written By: Madison Jezioro

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3 thoughts on “Why Is My Stove Smoky? How To Clean Your Electric Stove

  1. Bryan

    I cleaned all of my coil burners and drip pans… all 4 burners still smoke if i turn them up past 3. All four of them worked prefectly without smoking 2 days ago. A storm came thru last night and flickered all the lights, not sure if that has something to do with it, but they have been smoking ever since the storm. Please help thank you

    • Thanks for your question Bryan. Typically your burners will smoke if there is any burned on grease. If the cooled burners feel very rough to the touch, it probably means that you have traces of burned on grease. However, if you’ve already cleaned and tried the burn-off method you may have a different problem. If the problem started after a power outage/power surge it could have potentially damaged the coil burners.

      Making sure that they are first completely cooled, remove the burners and test each one with a multi-meter for continuity by placing one probe on each of the terminals. If the burners are working normally, you should get a reading close to 0 (check your manual for the recommended reading). If not, the coil burner is most likely damaged and needs to be replaced.

      However, if all of the burners are testing well for continuity, you may need to have your range looked at by a service technician. Something could have been damaged internally. Hope this helps!

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