Cooking with gas allows the household chef to prepare meals with an immediate heat source. A gas stove has its advantages. It can also have problems that are easy to troubleshoot either on one’s own or with the help of a professional appliance technician. To begin to understand how to manage your gas stove, however, it is good to know the basic parts of its construction.
The burners of a stove are the surfaces on which one cooks. Stoves typically have four burners, and with gas, they usually consist of grates over an open flame. One must be careful to let loose hair or clothing near the appliance. Always remember to clean up the stovetop after you cook to avoid a grease fire.
The control panel is the set of buttons or knobs that power and control the appliance. They may come with features like self-clean, interior oven light switch, clock, and timer.
When turning a knob or pressing the buttons on a gas stove to a specific temperature, one allows gas to travel through its connected valve into the venturi tube, where gas and air mix to form the perfect flammable concoction. If the gas stove becomes noisy whenever you turn this feature on, there may be an imbalance between the two. While you may be able to adjust the air shutter, you want to let the professionals deal with the gas.
The thermostat controls the temperature in the oven and is hidden from view. When set to a specific temperature, the actual heat level will fluctuate over and under the ideal degree. A convection fan helps to reduce this issue.
The pilot light is a continuously burning flame that ignites the moment it comes into contact with the gas and air mixture from the venturi tube. The pilot light is the flame one sees when cooking with gas. Common problems with gas stoves often involve the pilot light failing to ignite or flickering intermittently. There may be a short-circuited wire due to an overspill of liquid from cooking; in that case, it is best to unplug the appliance and let it dry. When in doubt about what to do, call an expert.
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