My Leisure gas cooker has suddenly taken to blowing it's fuse every time the
electric ignition on the oven is tried, does anyone know if this is easy to
remedy and is it expensive? I'm pretty sure it'll be an engineer call out
job but are the parts likely to be expensive?
Is it actually blowing a wired fuse, or is it just tripping the MCB ?
The way these ignition units work, they can cause an MCB (miniature circuit
breaker with a switch and test button) to trip off if the unit is wet or
full of grease from cooking, so it might just need cleaned or dried out.
I don't know your cooker style at all, so I'll advise you call an engineer
and tell them the unit has allowed moisture in and is arcing across to the
casing of the cooker and causing the MCB to trip off. Sometimes it is
better to sound as though you know what's happening, even though you don't
exactly, and the engineer will think he can't pull the wool over your eyes
and rip you off with an expensive repair. :-))
If you know where the ignition unit is housed in the cooker, then you could
have a look and see if it is wet or covered in greasy gunge. Then you'll be
able to clean it up yourself.
Then start at the plug and work your way in to the cooker.
Does the consumer unit have rewireable fuses, or is it MCBs ?
Is the plug itself wet, greasy or damaged ?
Is the flex (cable) damaged or been trapped beside something hot ?
Is the spark unit wet, greasy or damaged ?
Have any of the connections become wet, greasy, damaged or loose ?
How old is the appliance ?
Is the clock, or other timer mechanism, showing any signs of damage or
moisture ingress ?
Looking at the spark points to the individual burners, are any of the
insulation rings (porcelain tubes with metal bits in the middle) become
loose, damaged or greasy ?
Have the burner covers been damaged and are now to close to the spark points
I'll stop here. :-))
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