We regularly clean ovens, AGAs, Ranges etc in the Exeter Area, and all surrounding areas. We clean for several letting agencies in the Exeter Area and we are regularly recommended by Garton King the Exeter AGA dealer as their preferred AGA cleaner.
We had a lovely lady of 82 ring us today to book her oven in to be cleaned. She told us that she wanted to book her oven in for an oven clean before she died. We said "You not going to die soon are you?". To which she replied "No, but just in case; I want it to say on my grave stone: "At least she had a clean oven"!"
Both my wife and I have put our details into the AGA Wanted site (we both have an AGA – but not in the same house – it's a long story) and today my wife has received her reward. The lady from our local AGA Shop rang her yesterday and asked my wife whether she would like an AGA Magazine or a ten percent off voucher. My wife went for the ten percent off voucher and it has arrived in the post today. It's a ten percent off anything in the AGA Cookshop magazine which I think is a great deal. There isn't a 'life' on the voucher either so we can use it at any time. So a fabulous result as far as I'm concerned.
At the moment I am trying to find a reconditioned 30 Amp AGA Cooker for a friend of ours. She is getting her kitchen completely refitted and is looking at buying a new AGA. She was going to buy the 3 oven 13 Amp AGA but I have persuaded her not to go for this as really the running costs would be just too high.
I spoke to the man at Electric AGA to find out if he has any available. He told me that he might be getting some in soon. He also told me that he had recently replaced a 13 Amp AGA with a 30 Amp one as the lady who owned the 13 Amp couldn't cope with the costs and he told me that she had said that it was costing £35 a week to run! I'm not sure whether it was 4 oven AGA and also if she was using the AIMS system to decrease the costs; some of the earlier ones were supplied without it. Also I'm not sure how the AIMS system works; I think it might be just a glorified timer but if it is why is it so expensive.
I found the AGA cooker blog yesterday and it's written by Laura James. She is the lady who wrote the piece in last month's Period Living magazine about replacing her oil AGA with a new 13 Amp AGA. On this blog I suggested she fit an injection unit, which she could get from AGA Cooker Conversions to her current AGA, get it cleaned and re enamelled and hey presto lots of money saved. Of course AGA wouldn't have mentioned this as they don't approve of the injection units. But I think I have heard/read somewhere that they are considering introducing them themselves.
I have tried to place comments on the AGA blog but for some reason it won't let me. But anyway it will be interesting to see if Laura comments on the cost of running her new AGA when she gets it as obviously the AGA and her comments about it are being AGA sponsored!
I cleaned a range last week it was an old Rangemaster 110 which the lady said she had had for 12 years. The old Rangemaster's are branded Leisure and this model was the 'Victoria' and are they usually white but internally they are exactly the same as the Rangemaster 110. So normally this would be a reasonably easy job as most of the panels are self cleaning. I usually do a quick dip on these and all the grease, however greasy they are, comes straight off. The effect at the end is a brand new cooker.
This one was very dirty! The grease in the main oven was about 3 inches thick and was layered with old burnt chips and dog hairs. So in all it took me about 3 hours to do which is about 30 minutes more than normal but it looked great at the end.
Whilst I was cleaning it the lady kept asking me "Is this the dirtiest oven you have ever seen?". This is a common question and I told her that it wasn't as I had the one which had been covered in dog hair all over on the outside like a fur coat. But it was certainly a dirty one.
I often get the person who says "it was the previous owner who did all that". On one occasion I asked "how long have you been here then?" She replied "18 years" !!
After a quick call to Citroen Leasing we have found out that we can buy our oven cleaning van at the end of the lease. This is good news as it is already kitted out with a dipping tank and a rinse system and the mileage on it is below 30,000.
I saw in the National Press the AGA Wanted advert (It wasn't exactly like the one below but has the same theme). Apparently AGA would like to know who you are and what your details are if you own an AGA. If you go to the site it is actually a page that then takes you to the AGA owners listings
After todays Jeremy Vine Show where the AGA was attacked as an inefficient piece of metal that only people with Range Rovers have as another status symbol I like to say: 'where's my Range Rover please?' Does one suddenly appear after you get the AGA or is it the other way around. 🙂
I can agree with some of the negative sentiments. An AGA Cooker is of an old design and in comparison with a modern condensing boiler that is 97% efficient their efficiency rating can't compare but I don't think people buy them for that.
They can be totally recycled and I think the current new ones are made from recycled materials. See the AGA site for the Green AGA Facts.
If you choose the right one – mines a 30 Amp Electric one – it won't cost you a whole lot to run – ours costs us about £10 a week. Sometimes when the boost comes on it (it's got a booster where it will start charging at normal rates rather than the cheap over night ones if it gets below a certain temperature) this cost will be slightly higher but in all the booster doesn't come on regularly. But it is certainly cheaper to run than an 13 amp, Oil, or mains Gas AGA which in all cost a lot more. See the AGA site for the official AGA running costs though the gas prices to me look rather on the conservative side as it was costing me £40 a month to run my gas AGA when I had it installed 8 years ago and prices have rocketed since then. But the new AIMS fitted to the gas AGA must make a difference.
I forgot to say that 60% of the bookings we have got in the last month, including all the ones for the first two weeks of this year, have been repeat bookings and/ or referred jobs. So this part of our business is working very well.