Oven Not Heating

If you have an oven not heating, you can learn how to do a DIY repair to get it working again. Here’s how. An oven not heating is the worst scenario you can encounter especially if you’re baking for a special occasion or if you are selling your baked goods. But ovens are generally not complicated in terms of operation. Here is how an oven works: when you set the temperature on your gas oven, the switch sends electricity to the ignitor to light the burner. Older models may have a thermocouple rod that continuously burns the pilot light. While built in and electric ovens (read more about electric oven repair) must only be repaired by a professional gas safe registered engineer, a homeowner can do simple checks and fixes on a gas oven not heating. If you determine that your gas oven not heating is caused by a faulty thermocouple rod or igniter, you can replace these yourself. Remember that you are working on a gas appliance and must always take the necessary precautions. Replacing the Ignitor: Unplug the oven’s power cord. Access the shut off valve for the gas line located behind the oven and turn it off. Remove all the shelves in the oven. Take out the oven bottom and set it aside. Remove the metal flame spreader. You can now see the ignitor and electrical wires. Take note of the colors of the wires for the ignitor and the tabs on the switch that they belong to. Use needle nose pliers to pull the metal connectors for each of the wires off the tabs. Remove...

Gas Oven Buying Guide

Read our gas oven buying guide before going shopping and get some useful tips.   An oven is an essential appliance in any kitchen. Whether you are replacing your old stove or buying one for your new home, you surely want to buy one that will be best for your family’s needs and is worth your money. Gone are the days when you only have two options for your oven: one that will attach to a gas line and another to an electric socket. Ovens are not cheap either, and you want to buy the right one the first time. Read our gas oven buying guide below and get tips from our experts.   Gas Oven Buying Guide Our gas oven buying guide is full of helpful tips for when you go shopping. Consider the size. Do not immediately buy the biggest and shiniest. Always consider whether your new oven will fit into your kitchen, leaving you with enough room to work in the area. If you bake a lot and have the space, double ovens will be a good choice. There are also extra wide ovens available. Other oven features to consider with your kitchen size are the internal vs external grills, side doors and built in vs freestanding types. Gas or electric. Decide what fuel you want to use. Electric ovens are generally less expensive, but gas ovens are less expensive to operate. While electric ovens have more functions and can bake more evenly, gas ovens do not dry out the food. Built in or freestanding. Based on your kitchen layout and design, decide if you will get...

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...
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