If the flames on your gas stove's burners seem weak, you may wonder if you have a problem with your gas lines. You might be right. The gas lines throughout your home come with different fittings, fixtures, and parts that keep them safe and efficient, including your stove. If one of these pieces clog up, deteriorate, or loosen up, it could interfere with how gas travels to your appliances. Here are important things to know about your gas stove's flame problem and what you can do about it.
How Can You Tell If the Gas Line Is Bad?
Before you do anything, be sure to check for gas odors. Although gas is a naturally clear and odorless substance, your city's gas supplier may place special chemicals in it to help you detect leaks. The odor is often associated with rotten eggs. If you smell even the fainest scent of gas around your stove, in the kitchen, or in the home, turn off the gas supply to your home and contact your city for further assistance. If you don't detect gas odors in the kitchen or around your stove, you can check the condition of your burners' flames.
Your stove should give you the option of adjusting the flames on your burners. If the flames in any of your burners stay low, even after turning them up to high, check the flame openings for clogs. Sometimes, pieces of food can stick to the openings and clog them. If you see food, wipe it way with a damp towel, then allow the burner openings time to dry
If you don't detect food in the burners' flame openings, contact a plumbing contractor for help. You may have a bad gas line.
How Do You Make Your Stove Safe to Use?
You may need to have your city cut off your gas supply until a contractor completes the work. So be sure to ask a plumber about this issue ahead of time. Once the area is safe and secure, a contractor may check your burners to see if you need to replace them. If the burners are fine, a contractor may go ahead and inspect your stove for issues, such as clogs and old food residue.
If none of the above issues show up, a plumber will generally replace the gas line to your stove. The line could potentially be too old, worn, or clogged to continue using safely. You may want to ask a contractor to inspect the rest of your home's gas lines as a precaution.
After a contractor makes your stove and gas line safe to use again, take steps to keep them in good condition. Clean your burners every time you cook or prepare meals. Also, install gas detectors in your home. The devices can help detect different levels of odors.
For more information about your gas stove, contact a plumbing contractor today.