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Aqualift self cleaning - does not work

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Aqualift self cleaning - does not work

I inherited a Maytag Gas oven with a house I bought.
It uses the "Aqualift" technology to clean the oven.

No harsh chemicals, no high temperatures, no odor. done in 40 minutes
Video looks great, but that process just does not work.

Does anyone have a stove with that technology who has figured out how to get this to work.
Just following either the directions in the manual or the video (they are the same) just does absolutely nothing for baked on spills in the bottom.
And now I'm a bit reluctant to use an oven cleaner in case that makes things even worse.
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Dec 25, 2012
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This is just a fancy name for self clean. Stay away. Does nothing for baked on spills. Open up all windows etc and use easy off oven cleaner. The self clean will kill your oven
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How bad is the bottom of your oven? I had this technology in my last oven and I loved it. You have to remove the racks and any accessories, scrape up any loose crud (that comes up fairly easily), pour in your 2 cups of water (preferably filtered or distilled), let it run its cycle, then, while it's still warm, wipe out the bottom of your oven. Aqua Lift does not get as hot as most oven self-clean cycles and will NOT kill your oven or damage your cabinets.
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Not so easy there Ma…
So this "Aqualift" is simply akin to soaking a pan with baked on food in warm water in your sink. So why not add a little dish soap and wait longer for it to soften up? If it still won't clean up try a slightly abrasive plastic scrubber like one would use on a pan that was soaking in a sink?
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jrbb0309 wrote: How bad is the bottom of your oven? I had this technology in my last oven and I loved it. You have to remove the racks and any accessories, scrape up any loose crud (that comes up fairly easily), pour in your 2 cups of water (preferably filtered or distilled), let it run its cycle, then, while it's still warm, wipe out the bottom of your oven. Aqua Lift does not get as hot as most oven self-clean cycles and will NOT kill your oven or damage your cabinets.
There is a section in the centre that seems really baked on.
I used filtered water, ran the cycle but it din't soften the baked on part.
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fergy wrote: So this "Aqualift" is simply akin to soaking a pan with baked on food in warm water in your sink. So why not add a little dish soap and wait longer for it to soften up? If it still won't clean up try a slightly abrasive plastic scrubber like one would use on a pan that was soaking in a sink?
Basically, but I think the water gets pretty hot,not just warm.
I actually used dish soap as well and then a scrubber - still won't come off.
Searching a bit I came across this:
https://www.houzz.com/discussions/22766 ... en-problem
Didn't really help but at least I know I'm not the only one.

Before that, in my previous house, I had an electric self-cleaning oven where the temperature of the cleaning cycle reached about 600 C
That did the job but the clening cycle was much longer, over 4 hours, and there was quite some odour released.
So the Aqualift approach sounded much better.
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krs wrote: Basically, but I think the water gets pretty hot,not just warm.
I actually used dish soap as well and then a scrubber - still won't come off.
Searching a bit I came across this:
https://www.houzz.com/discussions/22766 ... en-problem
Didn't really help but at least I know I'm not the only one.

Before that, in my previous house, I had an electric self-cleaning oven where the temperature of the cleaning cycle reached about 600 C
That did the job but the clening cycle was much longer, over 4 hours, and there was quite some odour released.
So the Aqualift approach sounded much better.
Try some comet and a green scrubby for the worst part. Use gloves and *really* hot water for that part. Let the comet sit for a bit if you need to.

Separately, when using the Aqualift cycle, spritz the back and sides of the your oven with the same distilled/filtered water before running it. AND run your Aqualift right after any spills/mess and/or monthly for the best results.

I know it's not perfect but the old self-cleaning cycles were strong enough to fry the electronics in the newer stoves and that's why they've gotten rid of them.
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Had to revive this thread since I have this completely useless oven now. The aqua clean feature did absolutely nothing but leave me with a warm puddle of water to clean. Talk about false advertising so peeved
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Yeah, I ended up having to use no name oven cleaner. Left it on overnight and it removed most of the baked on mess.

Aqualift just doesn't work for the kind of mess I leave, especially since I won't use it everytime right after I made the mess in the first place lol.
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Bunch of lazy good for nothings. Quit whining about it not being magic and clean your bloody oven.
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torontotim wrote: Bunch of lazy good for nothings. Quit whining about it not being magic and clean your bloody oven.
Very helpful - thanks
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krs wrote: Very helpful - thanks
I thought do, as apparently did a few others. Some people need a kick in the pants / slap across the face once in a while.

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