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Common Problems With a Gas Hob

An image of a gas hob which is switched on.

Hobs come in various styles, each with a variety of functions. Previously we discussed some of the common issues that can occur with an electric fob.In our latest post, we take a look at gas hobs and some of the issues you may face with a gas hob and the best ways to tackle them.

Unusual Gas Flames

If your gas hob is working correctly, the flames should be blue and stable. If the flames on the hob are smaller than usual, or if they are yellow or uneven, this may indicate that there is debris in the gas briner or jets.

Before you attempt to clean the oven yourself, make sure that it is complete switched off and only use cleaning products suitable for the type of hob and surface you have. If you can’t see or reach the debris causing the issue, you should speak to a professional oven cleaner or technician for help.

Smell of Gas

Just because you have a gas hob does not mean that you should smell gas when cooking. If the smell of gas is stronger than usual when you switch your hob on, you may have a gas leak. A natural gas or carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm if as levels reach higher than a safe threshold.

Of course, you should never rely solely on your gas detector alarm and if the smell of gas is prominent and persistent, make sure to open your windows and doors to let in fresh air, turn off any lights and do not light a match or lighter.

Hob Won’t Light

If your hob won’t light, there are a few things that may be causing the issue. Firstly, you should check that gas is actually flowing through to your hob – you should be able to hear it. If no gas is flowing through to your hob, turn off the hob and call your gas supplier.

Many ignitions work on mains power, so if your gas hob isn’t lighting, make sure to check that it is plugged into the mains.

If you are sure that the gas is coming through to your hob and the mains switch is on, the ignitor may be dirty. To clean this part of your cooker, use an old or spare toothbrush. The small bristles are great for reaching in small places.

Cooker Solutions

If you have a problem with your gas hob and aren’t sure how to fix it, call the dedicated team at Cooker Solutions on 020 3478 0883. Remember, if you smell gas, call 0800 111 999.