This week we’ll be talking about Drip Pans or Drip Bowls, the (sometimes neglected) protectors of your range. Whether it be spills, boil overs, splatters, or burnt on food, the Drip Pans on your range are ready for just about anything you can cook up.
Found under the Surface Burner or Elements on some Ranges, the Drip Pans come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are typically chrome but can also sometimes be found in other finishes like black, grey, almond, and even white porcelain depending on the model.
The Drip Pans on your stove not only look nice, but also do a very important job. As we already mentioned, your Drip Pans help to protect your range by catching any food debris and preventing it from dripping down into the internal electrical components of your stove. They also help to reflect heat back to the burners to increase their efficiency.
Because they are stain/spill catchers, they can get pretty dirty if you don’t keep up with cleaning them. It may seem impossible at times, but usually all it takes is a little elbow grease.
»Here’s a quick cleaning tip:
For lightly to moderately soiled Drip Pans, let the range cool completely and unplug it. Remove the burners or elements to access the Drip Pans and remove those too. Rinse the Drip Pans with hot water in the sink. Then, in a small bowl make a paste by mixing dishsoap and baking soda. Apply to the Drip Pans generously and let them sit for a few hours before scrubbing and rinsing them off.
The best way to avoid hard scrubbing and to make your Drip Pans last is regular spot cleaning. If you notice a spill or splatter, try to clean it up as soon as the burner has cooled. If that sounds a bit much, try to at least get in the habit or cleaning your Drip Pans once a week or every other week.
If your Drip Pans have started to turn blue or gold, have rusted, cracked, or have caked on stains that just won’t come off it’s time to replace them. Drip Pans are fairly inexpensive and can usually be bought individually or in a set. You can find the the Drip Pans or Bowls for your model range on our website here.
Never wrap or line your Drip Pans with aluminum foil. It might sound like a good idea to avoid cleanup, but it’s very dangerous. Aluminum foil can cause the burner to overheat, creates a greater risk of fire and electric shock, and can actually damage or cause the Drip Pans to rust faster.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s pick! If you’d like to check out our past picks, you can find them on our blog here. Feel free to leave any questions, tips, or comments for us below and don’t forget to visit our website for any of your appliance part needs at www.1stSourceServall.com
Written by: Sarah Walker