Gas Hobs and Oven Repair in Auckland

Gas hobs are a popular option in New Zealand as natural gas, and LPG is readily available. These appliances need to be installed by a certified gasfitter according to the building code. Gas appliances can be dangerous if safety precautions are not followed. If your gas hob is not serviced regularly, it may become unsafe to use and more inefficient.  

Using gas for fuel is a very efficient way to cook your food; however, it is also a very volatile gas. 

There can be variation in gas hobs depending on the manufacturer; however, most of them have the same basic structure. Gas hobs will have the hob, burner control knobs, an auxiliary burner, a semi-rapid burner and a rapid burner. 

Each of the burners will have a burner cap, a lighting plug, a thermocouple and a triple-flame cap.  

Gas Appliance Installation

Safety considerations for the gas fitter prior to installation:

  • Ensure the nature of the gas and gas pressure is compatible with the appliance
  • It needs to be installed according to the regulations, with particular attention to the ventilation requirements
  • Installation needs to be carried out by a qualified and certified tradesman
  • Modification of the appliance needs to be carried out by a qualified and certified tradesman
  • Check the appliance for any damage after removing from the packaging
  • Make sure the air can circulate freely around the appliance, poor ventilation results in a shortage of oxygen
  • Ensure the appliance is supplied with the type of gas indicated on the data plate on the appliance
  • Using gas cooking appliances produces heat and moisture in the room, ensure the room is well ventilated or install an extractor hood

If malfunctions occur, do not attempt to repair the appliance yourself. You should refer to the troubleshooting section of your manual first if you cannot troubleshoot the issue, they should contact a certified gas fitter to do the repairs. 

Gas Appliance Cleaning

As with all other gas appliances, regular cleaning and maintenance will prolong the lifespan of your appliance. 

General cleaning

  • Wash enameled parts with lukewarm water and detergent, do not use abrasive cleaners that can damage the surface
  • Wash the flame caps and burner caps often with hot water and detergent
  • The hob pan stands can be washed in a dishwasher
  • For stubborn deposits, use an ordinary non-abrasive detergent or specific commercial products. Do not use scouring pads, steel wool or acids to clean your hob

Gas Hob

Clean the hob regularly with a wet soft cloth with lukewarm water and a little bit of detergent. If this is not sufficient to clean the hob, use a specific commercial product. Do not use: 

  • Household detergents or bleaches
  • Soaped scouring pads not suitable for non- stick utensils
  • Steel wool scouring pads
  • Stain removers for baths or sinks

Ignition plug

Clean this part of you gas hob thoroughly and check that the cavities in the burner are not obstructed to avoid ignition difficulties. To remove deposits, remove the cap and separate the two parts of the burner. After cleaning, put the two back together and return them to their original position. 

Gas Appliance Repair and Maintenance

To prolong the lifespan of your gas hob, it also pays to service it regularly by a certified gasfitter. Regularly servicing ensures that the gas appliances are connected properly and are free of leaks, corrosion, oxidation, and other debris that can build up and cause problems down the line.

Have the condition of the gas pipe as well as the pressure regulator (if installed) inspected regularly. If any issues or abnormalities are found, have the faulty parts replaced by a certified gasfitter. Do not attempt to repair the appliance yourself. 

Warning signs to look out for 

Looking out for any warning signs that your gas appliance is not working optimally means you can operate it safely within the specifications. Some signs to look out for:

  • Difficulty in starting: this can mean that there may be a blockage preventing the pilot from lighting properly. This should be inspected by a certified gasfitter
  • Burning yellow flames: this means there is too much oxygen during combustion, which means the hob may be getting blocked.

Problems and Corrective Measures

Ignition

A problem with the ignition may present as a badly ignited flame or no ignition at all. There are many causes of this and investigation and repair by a certified gasfitter is required. Probable causes range from badly assembled parts, blocked or clogged parts and broken or faulty parts.

Ignition with incomplete combustion 

This issue presents if the fire goes out as soon as you release the control knob, if the flames go out unexpectedly or if the fire turns off whilst in use. This can indicate issues with the flame supervision device or draughts near the appliance. In this case, it is best to call in a certified gasfitter to investigate the issue and repair or replace the parts. 

Incomplete combustion

This problem can present in several ways:

  • The noise made when combusted and ignited
  • Yellow flame
  • Unstable flame
  • Lifting
  • Backburn

Most of these issues are related to gas supply and the correct type of gas for your assembly type. Calling in a gasfitter to check whether you have the right type of gas should be your first port of call. 

Gas leakage

If you can smell gas, gas is leaking from the pipes or the appliance itself due to faulty connections. In this instance, it is safest to contact your local gasfitter to investigate and rectify the issue. 

At Sumich Plumbing and Drainage, we have certified gasfitters and plumbers qualified to install and service gas hobs and stoves. If you think there may be a problem with your gas hob or you want to get your oven repair or you’ve identified one of the issues in any gas appliance, contact us or give us a call on 0508786424. Our gasfitters can investigate and rectify the problem for you to ensure your appliance is safe to use again 

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