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How to Diagnose and Fix Common Stove Problems

by Holly

If your stove isn’t working properly, it can be a real pain. But don’t worry – in most cases, you can diagnose and fix the problem yourself. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through some of the most common stove problems and how to fix them. So next time your stove gives you trouble, you’ll know what to do!

If your stove isn’t igniting, check to see if the pilot light is lit

Ruling out any mechanical issues with your stove can be a frustrating process for any homeowner. Professional stove diagnostic assessments are an option, but often the source of the problem can easily be found in a situation like when the pilot light isn’t lit. In this case, start by locating the pilot light on your stove and checking to see if it is off or on. If it is off, relighting a pilot light should be relatively easy and shouldn’t require replacing any parts. However, if you aren’t comfortable attempting to relight a pilot light yourself -for whatever reason- professional help may still be necessary.

If there’s no flame at all, make sure that the gas valve is turned on

When it comes to having a functioning gas stove, making sure that the flame is on should always be your first step. However, if that doesn’t work and there’s no flame at all, the source of the issue might be a simple one – the gas valve may just need to be turned on. This can easily fix issues of gas stoves not producing any heat when they should. Although some stores sell and install appliances and can help with these adjustments, there are plenty of DIY guides available online as well if you’re looking for an affordable solution.

If the burner flames are too low, adjust the air shutter until they’re higher

If you’ve ever experienced low flames coming out of a single or double burner, it’s time to adjust the air shutter. This is an easy and straightforward task that will be beneficial in achieving higher flame levels. By turning the air shutter clockwise, more oxygen flow is allowed into the burner, causing flames to become higher. However, care must be taken in avoiding the risk of creating too much heat as this can put strain on the burners and eventually damage them if done continually. Ultimately, adjusting the air shutter correctly can result in optimised combustion and better use of your gas stove.

If the burner flames are too high, adjust the gas pressure regulator until they’re lower

If your stove burners have become too hot and it seems like you can’t control them, it is important to take a moment and adjust the gas pressure regulator. When the burner flames are too high, this adjustment could become necessary in order to bring them back down and maintain safe cooking temperatures. While adjusting the regulator might seem intimidating, with just a few steps you will be able to lower the heat of your stovetop burners and get back to cooking delicious meals in no time!

If your stove is making strange noises, it could be due to a loose part or something caught in the fan blades

Ever heard strange noises coming from your stove? Loud squeaks and screeching can be startling, but don’t stress just yet: the cause could simply be something like a loose part or an item caught in the fan blades. To figure out what exactly is going on and how to fix it, take a look at the manual for your particular stove model. In most cases you’ll be able to identify the issue yourself and maybe even get it up and running again with little effort. If however this doesn’t seem like enough, it may be time to call a professional maintenance service for further guidance or advice!

If you can smell gas, open a window and call your gas company immediately

If you ever notice a strong odor of gas in your home, take immediate steps to ensure everybody’s safety. Open any windows you can to allow fresh air in and immediately call your gas company. Put yourself and anyone else in the house first – safety should be your priority. Do not attempt to find the source of the leak or light any matches or turn on electric lights – as this could create an explosive situation. Instead, contact your gas company so that they can diagnose the situation quickly and make sure everything is back to normal ASAP.

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