It can be quite nerve-wracking when your gas cooker does not heat evenly. Before making that pricey service call, follow these three simple steps to repair a gas oven on your own.
- Take out the oven door by simply raising the hinges or by unbolting them. Don't forget to lay out used newspapers underneath to avoid making a mess during repairs. Find the upper burner, which is fastened to the oven roof. Get rid of the burner cover, just in case. And then get your handy screwdriver or a nut driver, socket, etc. from your toolbox for some quick range cooker tune-ups. If they got lost and you don't have spares, go to your local suppliers for a quick shop.
- Get a scrub brush and warm, soapy water to take out all the soot from the burner flame openings. You might want to use the end of a paper clip to get rid of the filth that has penetrated into the flame openings. For very stubborn stains, opt to smother in some oven cleaner for around 15 minutes or so. Wash the burner a second time with warm, soapy water and then again give the openings a little nudge from your ever dependable paper clip!
- Do away with the newspaper. Haul up the bottom pan. To see the lower burner underneath. Take out all the grime in the lower burner by using the same procedure indicated in step 2.
Who said that repairing gas appliances would be this easy? What if your other cooker, the gas stove needs some working? The problem usually arises when the gas burner pilot openings accumulate soot or food rubbish. Don't give up on your stove just because you have cooker spares, such as the electric cooker and double cooker. Follow these four easy steps to get that gas stove up and running once again.
- Make sure to turn off the gas supply and electric supply to your gas stove before doing anything. Simply raise the lid and check each burner cautiously. The pilot light burner openings need cleaning because of grime build up.
- Get a straight pin to purge dirt from the burner holes very carefully so as not to make the fittings irregular.
- Test out the igniter on each burner for possible clean-up. Most of the time it is the igniter that needs some working — not the pilot hole docks. If the igniter tests positive for grime build-up, use a soft bristle toothbrush to rid the rubbish off the igniter.
- Make sure to sanitize each burner before you turn the gas back on. Put aside each burner assembly while trying to clean each one with a straight wire brush. Get the straight pin back to ensure that the flash dock and burner port will provide a free-flow of gas. Put each burner back together and put the lid down on your gas stove before plugging it right into the gas connection.
Just a word of caution though. Before repairing your gas cooker, make sure it is unplugged from the gas connection. If there is a grounding cable straight to the range, disengage it. And then seal the gas supply valve to lock in the unit's gas supply.