Log in

16 October 2009 @ 09:20 am
Stovetop too hot even with burner off  
I have a gas stove that came with the apartment my fiance and I rented. It works nicely for cooking, but there's an unusual issue with it - the top of the stove is always hot to the touch. All the knobs are turned to the off position, and the oven isn't on, but there are two spots on the stovetop that are painfully hot to touch (which makes it interesting when I take off the grates to wipe down the stove).

The stove is a Magic Chef (I don't see a model number anywhere on the stove). Any suggestions? I do have an appointment to have a tech from the gas company come out and look at it, but the earliest appointment I could get was November 3rd. Google isn't really coming up with anything useful.

ETA: OK, it's the pilot light. Is there anything that can be done to adjust it or better insulate the top so it's not so hot? The landlord has basically told us it's our responsibility to deal with it - I assume she'd have something to say if we wanted to get a new oven, but that's not happening right now.
Current Music: AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Kimkimbalynne on October 16th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
Its the pilot. Our old stove was like that, I hated it1
miserable, arrogant old bat: suncottonmanifesto on October 16th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's the pilot light. it's totally normal. the top of the stove should be more insulated though, so you don't burn yourself on it!
stemware on October 16th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
That's a pilot light. Older stoves typically had a small pilot flame burning constantly to ignite the burner instantly when you turn it on. At the time, it was viewed as being more reliable than a switch that has an ignition spark.

Your stove is probably 40 or 50 years old. With this design, they didn't need much maintenance, if any.
termofarttermofart on October 16th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Pilot light. Old stove.

6' girljilicious on October 16th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Guess what?? Pilot light!

stemware on October 16th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
By the way, if your gas company is charging you for the visit, cancel it. There's really nothing they can do aside from tell you to get a new stove if you don't like it.

We used to clean ours with a sponge. The sponge doesn't melt like your hand does... Periodically I'd open the lid up and clean inside, taking care to not get too close to the flame.
Chrisrevchris on October 16th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Like everyone says, your stove has a pilot light.

If the top of your stove gets really hot, you may still want to have them come out and look at it - there's always the chance that the pilot needs adjusting, as it may using more gas than it should. Not only would having this sort of problem fixed make your stove run cooler, it'll reduce your gas bill a small amount.

Also, if it hasn't been professionally checked over recently, they may find other potentially bad problems with it.
Emilykebhouse on October 16th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I had the same stove in an old apartment. But yeah, pilot light. I don't remember mine being so hot that I couldn't touch it, but it's also been 6 years since I had it. Have you talked to your landlord about maybe having it adjusted?
Emilykebhouse on October 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
oh- and you may be able to have the pilot light turned off. You'd have to light your stove with a match every time, but I have a friend who choses to do it that way.
Sarahindigodye on October 17th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
But then instead of burning off the gas, wouldn't it just leak gas? I can tell when a pilot light is out because of the smell.
Emilykebhouse on October 17th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
well, you would turn off the pilot light by turning off the gas and making it so that the gas only comes out when you turn the knob. how you do that, I don't know, but it can be done.
Wasabi Robotwasabirobot on October 16th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I have the same stove or at least one very similar. Mine stays warm but not painfully hot. It is just the pilot lite and it can be adjusted but talk to your landlord about it.
all you ever wanted was the light to save youtwirly on October 16th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I have a similar stove, it's the pilot light.
Night Owlnight101owl on October 17th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
You can try to lift the top of the stove up to look at the pilot lights and see if there's a way to turn them down. Don't let them blow out, though, or the little stream of gas that keeps them lit will just be leaking into the room. I had one that was so hot, it would make the cleaning solution sizzle when I tried to clean the stove.