Maintenance of Gas Appliances

Learn the proper maintenance of gas appliances in your home.   Found in rock formations located deep underground, natural gas is hydrocarbon an consists mainly of methane, varying amounts of higher alkanes and smaller percentages of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and hydrogen sulfide. It is a source of energy used for cooking, heating and generating electricity. Some examples of gas appliances are boilers, stoves, ovens, water heaters, central heaters, furnaces, etc. The UK is the second- largest producer of natural gas in the European Union. The use of gas as an energy source in homes has significantly increased in the UK. In 1970, gas provided a fourth of the energy used in a home. As of 2009, gas supplies energy to two- thirds of a household’s needs. If you are using gas as a source of energy in your home, then you need to know the proper maintenance of gas appliances to ensure the safety of your family and prolong the life of your appliances.   Maintenance of Gas Appliances Here are our tips for proper maintenance of gas appliances: Use only LPG for LPG appliances and natural gas for natural gas appliances. Operating a gas appliance with the wrong appliance can be hazardous and dangerous – unless the appliance has been converted. Put a lit match adjacent to the burner or press the ignition button before turning on gas to a burner. The burners should produce a blue flame. If the flame is yellow, call a gas safe registered engineer right away. Do not bypass, tamper or force safety valves, fittings and control knobs. Switch off your gas appliances when...

Gas Safety Tips

Learn a few gas safety tips for using and maintaining your home appliances.   We all rely on our gas appliances to perform everyday chores – cook, do the dishes, do the laundry, etc – and to keep us warm. While gas appliances are very useful, improper installation, maintenance and use can cause serious safety and health threats to you and your  family.   Gas Safety Tips Here are some gas safety tips for your home: General Safety Tips: Natural gas leak smells like rotten eggs. If you suddenly smell gas, exit your home immediately and call your local fire department from a neighbor’s home or your mobile. Fuel- burning appliances and equipment require adequate ventilation and must be vented outdoors. Make sure not to block the appliances with piles of boxes, other furniture, walls, curtains, etc that can interfere with proper airflow from the appliance. Keep kids away from gas appliances. Never use gas appliances (such as your gas dryer or power washer) to heat the home. Use your home appliances only for their intended functions. Use a qualified contractor and a gas safe registered engineer to do any work on your gas appliances. Schedule your boiler service and maintenance check on your other gas appliances annually. Install a carbon monoxide detector. Make sure the device is installed correctly, tested regularly and maintained properly. Do not store combustibles such as mops or paper near your gas appliances. Do not use and store flammable products near your gas appliances. Educate your family, or anyone living in your home, about emergency procedures. Ensure that everyone knows what emergency number(s) to...

Oven Not Baking Evenly

Is your oven not baking evenly? Here are some of the common causes.   A stove / range / oven is one of the most important appliances in any home. An oven that is working efficiently makes cooking easier and faster. An oven not baking evenly can cause not only inconvenience, but also wasted food and money, doubled cooking time, and anxiety if you are preparing food for guests.   Oven Not Baking Evenly An oven not baking evenly may be caused by the following: Bake Element. This is a black tube near the bottom of the oven with the thickness of a pencil. A properly operating bake element will glow red. If it is causing your oven to bake unevenly, it is probably burnt out. You will see a hole where it is burned, and blisters around it. Oven Igniter. The oven igniter gets worn out over time. As it gets older, it will take longer for the gas valve to open. The igniter may not be opening the valve when it should, causing it to cool down more than it should before the burner reignites. This can cause an oven not baking evenly. Oven Control Board. The board consists of a set of relays that turn the power on and off power to the bake and broil circuits. An oven that is not heating or not heating properly usually has a problem with the heating components. If the problem is the oven control board, it might not send voltage to the heating components. Broil Element. An oven not baking evenly, check the broil element, a black tube...

Gas Stove Burner Igniter

Learn how to fix a gas stove burner igniter that won’t light.   Your stove’s burners each have an igniter. The stove’s knobs operate these igniters. When you turn the knob on, electricity flows to the igniter creating a small spark.A small flow of gas goes into the burner while the igniter sparks. The spark mixes with the gas to create the fire you use to cook your food. This is how a gas stove burner igniter works.   Here are some troubleshooting tips for your gas stove burner igniter: Let the burners cook before starting. Take them off the stove. Check each of the igniters one by one by turning each of the burner knobs on to the maximum. Listen for the clicking sound made by the igniter at that particular burner. Take note of burners where the igniter does not click and those that do not light even when the igniter is clicking. Lift the front edge of the cooktop use the bracing rod to prop up the top of the stove. You will see metal tubes that are igniters for each burner. Check the igniters that did not work. There are small wires connecting each one to the control module near the front of the burner compartment. If a wire is detached, push the metal connector to the tab at the igniter and turn on that burner knob. If it sparks and ignites the gas, then you know that the problem is the detached wire. If the wires are attached and the igniter doesn’t spark, then igniter is faulty and needs to be replaced. For the...

Common Problems with Gas Ovens

Are you experiencing any of the common problems with gas ovens? We’ve listed them below with some tips on what to do if you catch yourself needing help.   While the initial purchase of a gas oven may be more expensive, it is more cost efficient in the long run compared to an electric oven. This is because gas costs cheaper than electricity to run appliances. However, gas ovens can also breakdown overtime. Below are some of the common problems with gas ovens.   Common Problems with Gas Ovens We’ve outlined some of the common gas problems that customers experience. We’ve also included some helpful tips for you. Not working. Check your power source. Make sure there is power going into your range, oven or cooktop. Make sure your circuit breaker is not tripped or your fuse is not blown. Try plugging something else into the socket to make sure its working. Make sure your gas source is on too. Surface burner not lighting. This is on top fn the list of common problems with gas ovens. Turn the know to the light position first. Once you have a flame, you can turn the knob to your desired setting. Also make sure that the knob is turned all the way off when you turn off the burner. It should pop out. The pilot light might be extinguished or the portholes are clogged. You can clean your gas oven to unclog the pores. If you have recently cleaned your oven, make sure it is dry before turning the burners on. If your stove has an electric igniter, make sure it...

Cleaning Your Gas Oven

Do you find it difficult cleaning your gas oven? Are you wondering how to get all those grubs and oil off? Here are some tips for you.   Cleaning Your Gas Oven Ensure that all burners are turned off and allow them to cool off before starting. Burners New models mostly feature sealed stovetop burners. If yours have these, do not attenot to remove the sealed burners. This must only be done by a professional. A sealed burner also prevents food and oil from spilling into the burner box, so it is not necessary to remove it. Soak removable burner gates in warm soapy water and scrub using a scouring pad. Rinse well and dry. Scrub off stubborn grime on the burners using a mild abrasive cleaner and a piece of cloth. If an abrasive cleaner is not available, make a paste using baking powder and water instead. Wipe your stove top after every use to remove spills. Use soapy water to clean the solid top. A mixture of rubbing alcohol and household ammonia diluted in water is a good solution to use on your stovetop to keep it shiny. Avoid the gas ports on the burners – the holes on the burners where gas is emitted. If they get clogged, clean them by poking a straight pin or toothpick in them. Controls Remove the control knobs and wash them in soapy water. Rinse and dry. Use a damp cloth to wipe display areas and clocks clean. If you are using a glass cleaner, spray it on a cloth and not directly on the clock surface. Oven Door Do...
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