Make: Leisure (Flavel in disguise I think)
Model: Victoriana NL
The oven lights with no problem but stays stays on the small pilot
flame and is therefore unusable. I've had a nose around and there is a
round wire which penetrates the flame but has almost snapped. I assume
this is some sort of temperature gauge (it looks like a solid copper
wire) and the source of the problem. The question is, what's this thing
called? The landlord isn't in a hurry to get the gas man round, so
maybe telling him what the problem is will get my food back in the oven
Whilst it is true that many ovens (and grills) made more recently have a
thermionic valve mechanism for flame failure detection I don't think it's
true here. The OP says it lights and STAYS on the pilot. I think therefore
it is more likely that the flame failure device is a liquid expansion
valve type device.
Repair would be by replacement of the entire oven gas valve which will
include the capillary and the probe end (broken) so it's a fairly involved
piece of work.
The OP should ask the Landlord when someone is going to arrive. If that
gives no joy then they should send a letter by registered post to the
Landlord. If no one arrives by the due date (7 or 14 days from posting
IIRC) then they can get their own fitter in to make the repairs (unless the
parts in unavailable in which case you buy a new cooker or comparable
quality). The payment can then legally be withheld from the rent, but the
Landlord MUST be given a fair opportunity to make repairs first.
He seems to already have had that but you need to give it formally.
Ed Sirett - Property maintainer and registered gas fitter.
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On 17 Jan 2007 12:54:18 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The probe of which you speak is almost certainly a vapour pressure
safety device. If the pilot burner is heating it correctly then it is
probably knackered. If you follow the "wire",it should lead to a
valve. The whole vavle assembly incorporating the "wire" and probe
come as one. DO NOT let anyone disable this item to get the oven to
work as that would be an offence under the GSIURegs in that it is a
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