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While gas stove problems are common, they can be fixed if you know some basic plumbing hacks. With a bit of effort, you can repair a gas stove at home and save bucks by utilizing your plumbing skills.

Some modern gas stoves may require you to deal cautiously, while traditional gas stoves might be really easy to fix. Furthermore, some repairs involve a thorough investigation to get to the crux of the problem. In such a case, it’s good to afford a professional plumber to avoid messing up with your burners.

In this article, we present some of the common issues and DIY tips to repair a gas stove at home.

Tips to Repair a Gas Stove

To repair a gas stove, you’ll need a handful of plumbing tools that will help you fix your stove smoothly. Note that the replacement parts can be easily bought from your local hardware store. So, here is what you’ll need:

  • Spanner and wrench
  • Nut driver
  • Screw drivers
  • Plumbing tape or cotton thread
  • A wire of needle
  • Multimeter (in case of a modern gas stove)

Now that you’ve gathered your plumbing weapons, let’s delve into fixing some common problems with gas stoves:

1) - Problem with Gas Burner

It can be really annoying to see your gas burner won’t light when you’ve got guests waiting for the food. Here’s how you can fix this problem.

If you own a traditional gas stove, try the following hacks:

  • Check the pilot
  • First, check out the pilot light, which lies under the range top. You should lift your stove grates to see the pilot light.
  • If you notice that the pilot doesn’t light up, try using a match box to check your stove. If it works, it means you pilot needs adjustment.
  • You can find the pilot screw somewhere near the gas tube. Now, turn the screw to adjust the flame as per your requirement.

Try cleaning the pilot:

  • If the above setting doesn’t work, try to clean the pilot orifice. A lot of times, gunk clogs the pilot opening that blocks the gas flow.
  • Clear out the pilot orifice using a wire or needle.
  • This should get the gas burner working.

In case of a modern stove, the following should do the trick:

  • Make sure the power is on
  • Modern electronic ignition gas stoves run on power circuits. So, make sure that the stove is connected to the power supply and breaker circuits aren’t tripped.
  • Check the gas supply
  • If your burner is powered on and still doesn’t light up, it means you need to check the gas supply.
  • Generally, the supply line lies beneath the stovetop. Make sure that the supply valve is open.
  • If you’re unsure about the supply, you can loosen up the connection slightly to check if gas is coming. The hissing sound and smell of methane gas will confirm the supply.
  • If there’s no supply, contact a plumber to get your supply line checked.
  • Check your lighter
  • It might be possible that your lighter has broken down or its batteries need replacement.
  • Try to light up your stove using matches to see if that’s messing up. You should also see a spark while you turn the knobs, or a clicking sound of the lighter.
  • To fix it, use a brush to clean it or try changing its batteries – usually at the bottom of the stove.

2) - Low Gas Pressure

Does your flame go off with a little blow of air? That’s the sign of low gas pressure. One way to identify a low gas pressure is by checking the flame color. If that’s blue, it means that you have a good mixture of gas and oxygen.

In case of low gas pressure, the flame appears mostly yellow or orange. That might be because of a clogged supply line or gunk in your burner. To fix it, remove your grates and take out the burner. Turn the burner like a screw, and it should come out. Clean it thoroughly and put it back. This should increase your gas pressure. If not, then maybe you need to change your regulator. For this, it’s good to call a professional plumber.

3) - Problem with Hardened Knobs

The sticky food remnants and greasy liquids can harden the knobs and valves. This requires you to unplug your knobs and give them a thorough cleaning. To take off the knobs, you can simply pull them out. They are made to slide over the slim lid where they sit and turn on the gas when you push them. Remember not to exert excessive pressure while you take off the knobs.

Now, soak them in hot water and clean them using a sponge or soft cloth by using a grease-cutting soap. Furthermore, when you’re plugging them back, make sure to spray a no-rinse cleaner. This is to ensure that all the water has completely rinsed off the stove.

4) - Replacing the Gasket

Before you replace your gasket, make sure you have put off the main gas supply and unplugged the electrical service panel. Now, undo the gasket by unclipping the retainers or by unscrewing. Find the liner bolts – usually at the back of the unit – and loosen them. Take off the liner and dismantle the gasket between the cabinet and the liner.

Now, take the new gasket and place it at the back of the liner rim. Reinstall the gasket the same way you took it off. Make sure not to over-tighten the bolts and screws, which could break the threads.

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