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Old 12-13-2009, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Why does my oven smell like gas when I first turn it on?

For about the past month (i.e. this is a new problem) whenever I turn my oven on I get a very strong gas smell in the house for the first half hour or so. It seems to light right away and the smell goes away after the oven has been on a while.

Anyone know what causes this and what I may need to do to fix it?
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Old 12-13-2009, 04:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Usually, I would give you some advice on what needs to be looked at, but in this case I would recommend getting an appliance repair man who knows gas appliances to look at it. Gas leaks/malfunctions aren't for the amateur to mess with IMHO.
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I agree on getting an expert... and it reminds me of a joke: A skydiver was falling to earth and his chut wouldn't open. As he was falling he noticed a guy shooting up from the ground toward him. As they passed each other the sky diver yells "hey, do you know anything about parachutes?", and the guy from the ground yells back, "No, but do you know anything about gas stoves?"
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You probably have a a heating element that is going bad
Many have an element(like a glow plug) that gets red hot and ignites the gas.
It may quit working soon as the element will burn a fuse being on too long.The parts can be replaced yourself (if you built your car)it's not hard , but sounds like it is OLD?
There is 3 parts that should be replaced if you plan on keeping it

I would tear out the old kitchen and replace the cabinets and all appliances and imported granite
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I would tear out the old kitchen and replace the cabinets and all appliances and imported granite

You guys never fail to crack me up. That is exactly the sort of mind set we all seem to have.

I'm going to change the oil in the car and *bam* it's seven hours later, the oils isn't changed but the interior has been detailed and I've rearranged the garage looking for the ramps and oil drain tub.
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My oven has starting doing this as well. During the pre-heat it smells like the gas isnt being completly burnt.
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