We tend to see ourselves as regular “joes” when it comes to most things involving repairs around our homes, and this is certainly the case when it comes to stove repair. Sure, there are a few of us out there that are well-equipped to handle anything our stove can throw our way. For the rest of us, though, our stove is a veritable mystery wrapped in an enigma. Stove repair is just out of our reach.

Most home repair & maintenance experts will note that stove repair can be especially costly simply because of how little we know about what do about it. This lack of knowledge means we're apt to make more mistakes in either addressing the issues our stove is having or paying too much money to get repairs done.

If you're facing the prospect of repairs on your stove, here are a few tips & tricks from the pros to help ease the financial burdens that can sometimes come with stove repair:

DIY When You Can – There are a number of ways homeowners can actually work on their stove themselves. Checking parts such as burners, heating elements, drip bowls, and igniters can lead to repairs you can do yourself fairly easily (based on comfort level).

Go Through A Systematic Troubleshoot Per the Manual – The manufacturer often puts a pretty thorough troubleshoot plan in the owner's manual, so keep it in a place where it's easy to find. Even this basic process can actually be effective because they are not the most likely problems you will encounter with your stove.

Check for Signs of Damage and General Wear & Tear – You may not trust your own repair skills, but you might surprised how well you can spot problem areas. Make it a habit to give your stove a once-over every week just to be sure things look OK.

Clean Your Stove Regularly – This is perhaps the most important bit of advice stove repair pros can offer homeowners. Think about what kind of food particles, sauces, broths, crumbs, and other food items regularly find themselves all over your stove. Think about how much grease goes everywhere when you make bacon, chorizo, or sausage. All of that gunk can, and will, get into every crevice of your stove. These food bits can cause more damage than you can possibly imagine. Food matter can find itself under knobs, near igniters, clogging up burners, and even shorting out element receptacle boxes. Clean your stove after every use. Yeah, it's not fun, but it sure beats the alternative.

Stove repair, as with any repair, is a part of life when it comes to a regularly used home appliance. However, knowing what things to avoid in use, getting comfortable with its parts, and being proactive in keeping things tidy will allow our stoves to have a longer life. It can sometimes be nice to be blissfully unaware of any issues our stove might be having, but that attitude will cost you money in the long-run.