Gas Hobs and Ovens and Cookers
The biggest problem you can come across with any gas appliance is, of course, a gas leak.
All gas appliances, whether cooker, oven or hob, will have a bayonet fitting which, when disconnected acts as a safety shut off valve to the appliance.
Unless you are qualified to work with gas appliances and carry the necessary qualifications, it is dangerous in the extreme to even attempt trying to fix your oven/cooker, or any gas appliance at all.
In fact, apart from standard parts such as burner caps, door seals etc. most reputable suppliers will not sell spare parts to anyone other than an approved gas engineer.
There are always the more unscrupulous suppliers who will not even bother to check for the correct credentials, but please don’t be silly to use one of these companies.
Safety has got to by the by word for dealing with gas at all times. If you smell gas in your home, please refrain from turning on lights as any kind of spark can ignite any escaped gas, causing fires and, in extreme cases, explosions. We have all seen the tragic stories in the press.
Get everyone out of the house, and don’t forget your pets. Only when everyone is out, you can use your mobile phone to call the emergency number for your gas supplier. Obviously you don’t need to make the call on a mobile, you can use a neighbour’s landline. The point is do not use your mobile phone in the house where gas is leaking, apart from the fact that you should get out of the house as quickly as possible, you need to avoid any possible cause of a fire.
Gas is an excellent method of cooking and you should not be alarmed at the possible consequences of having gas in the house. Gas leaks from any appliance is far from common in the house, and normal common sense is required. You should expect many years of both safe and quality service from your gas oven or hobIf you have a problem, just contact your local qualified engineer who will be happy to mend your appliance and arrange for the required test to be carried out at the end of the repair.