Before using your AEG oven for the first time

Last updated 21/04/2023 12:43

AEG oven in a modern kitchen

Congratulations on your new AEG oven. It should see you through many years of cooking fantastic meals. Before beginning your culinary journey, please take a few minutes and follow the simple steps listed below to get started.

Cleaning before first use

1. Remove all accessories and removable shelf supports 

2. An initial preheating is required to burn off the fine oil film used to protect the elements for shipping. Run the oven on maximum temperature for one hour. The oven may emit an odour and a little smoke during this process, which is normal, so make sure the room is well ventilated

3. Clean the accessories and the inside of the oven with a soft cloth, warm water and mild detergent. Do not clean oven accessories in the dishwasher 

4. Clean the front of the oven with a soft cloth, warm water and mild detergent

5. Once the oven is cold, return the accessories and removable shelf supports to original positions

Initial settings

When switching on the oven for the first time, you may be asked to set the language, display brightness, volume and time. Note: If your oven has touch controls, it will not operate without the time and date being set 

If you have a steam oven, you will also be asked to specify water hardness (see section dedicated to steam ovens below).

Additional steps for steam ovens

Set water hardness

Perform a water hardness test and set the level accordingly on your steam oven. A test strip can be found in the user manual package for your oven but if you do not have this to hand, many water suppliers will give you an indication of your local water hardness on their website. Follow the steps below and use the table to calculate your results.

1. Briefly dip the test strip in water for one second

2. Shake off any excess water 

3. Wait one minute before comparing it to the scale printed on the test strip packaging. Do not wait longer than one minute to check the water hardness after dipping the test strip, as the colours on the test paper will continue to change

Water hardness



LeveldHTest paperCalcium de-posit (mmol/l)Calcium de-posit (mg/l)Water classification
10-70 - 1.30 - 50soft
28-141.4 - 2.551 - 100moderately hard
315-212.6 - 3.8101 - 150hard
4≧ 22≧ 3.9≧ 151very hard

When the tap water hardness level is 4, fill the water drawer with still bottled water.

Fill the water container

Fill the water container before cooking with steam. On most ovens, the water container can be found on the upper righthand corner. On SteamBake models, it is located in the cavity on the bottom of the oven instead.

Additional step for connected ovens

If you have a connected oven, we recommend you to connect your oven to the app.


For more information about your specific oven model, check the user manual. You can find your user manual here.

Once you've completed the above steps, you may want to learn more about your oven's functions and symbols.

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