Is my oven going to explode?
September 12, 2010 12:44 PM Subscribe
What's going on with my gas stove? Is it dangerous? What type of repair person do I need to come fix it?
posted by luazinha to home & garden (9 answers total)
My husband and I bought a house back in February that came with a four or five year old Frigidaire gas stove. It had been working fine until recently, and now I'm almost scared to use it. Whenever you have one of the burners on and you try to turn the oven on as well, the oven doesn't ignite properly; instead, it seems to fill up with too much gas and then ignite in a big scary "poof" of a fireball. If you turn the oven on without having one of the burners on as well, it doesn't seem to do this.
I have been trying to remember to make sure the burners are off before turning the oven on, but this is often inconvenient, and, really, not the way I want to cook. And I'm now asking here because I was making granola this afternoon and had a burner on and forgot to turn it off and then the big scary poof fireball happened when I turned the oven on and I freaked out. I'm feeling particularly jumpy about this since reading about the gas line explosion in California.
So, what could be causing this? Is there anything I can try to do to fix it? Since I'm scared to mess around with it too much, I can also call a repair person. But I'm not sure who to call: is this more likely to be something an appliance repair person could fix? Or something I would need to call an expert about gas lines to fix? And would that gas lines person be a plumber or someone else?