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Old 03-18-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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About 6 months ago I bought a brand new stainless steel gas oven range. I have three gas appliances in my house: a gas water heater, a gas clothes dryer, and a gas oven range. If I ever have an electric power outage (say, due to a storm) the water heater will work, but I'm wondering about the dryer and especially the oven. The oven is plugged into a wall socket ... it has a digital clock, timer, and I believe the starting mechanism is powered by electrical current. Is there a way to manually override the electric and get the oven working???


 
Old 03-18-2014, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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About 6 months ago I bought a brand new stainless steel gas oven range. I have three gas appliances in my house: a gas water heater, a gas clothes dryer, and a gas oven range. If I ever have an electric power outage (say, due to a storm) the water heater will work, but I'm wondering about the dryer and especially the oven. The oven is plugged into a wall socket ... it has a digital clock, timer, and I believe the starting mechanism is powered by electrical current. Is there a way to manually override the electric and get the oven working???

Most gas hot water heaters have an electric starter. Perhaps the other gas appliances do too?
 
Old 03-18-2014, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Did I ever mention that I totally hate you? I mean, living your life to the fullest and then having the nerve to post not only about the fun you're having but posting about your weather as well?! Just kill me now.
Don't worry, he'll get his when it reaches 100 with 100% humidity.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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No, both oven and dryer need electric to turn on and be regulated and there is no override. We got a generator in NY and were really happy we did it after a power outage on Thanksgiving years ago with a bird in the gas oven.

We finally upgraded our gas boiler a few years ago and I knew it was more energy efficient and badly needed but the old behemoth could be manual turned on and off during power outages. The little kaboom wasn't great, but we had heat. The new one needs the generator to run it.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 05:52 PM
 
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Did I ever mention that I totally hate you? I mean, living your life to the fullest and then having the nerve to post not only about the fun you're having but posting about your weather as well?! Just kill me now.
MMOB is the man.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Elementary, my dear Waston.

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About 6 months ago I bought a brand new stainless steel gas oven range. I have three gas appliances in my house: a gas water heater, a gas clothes dryer, and a gas oven range. If I ever have an electric power outage (say, due to a storm) the water heater will work, but I'm wondering about the dryer and especially the oven. The oven is plugged into a wall socket ... it has a digital clock, timer, and I believe the starting mechanism is powered by electrical current. Is there a way to manually override the electric and get the oven working???

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Most gas hot water heaters have an electric starter. Perhaps the other gas appliances do too?
Water heaters: I disagree with Newenglandgirl about "most" gas water heaters. There is an easy way to find out - just look at your water heater and see if there is an electric wire going to it. Yes, some do have what is called electronic ignition, which means there is no pilot light. The pilot light is an older system. But unlike stoves and ovens (where the pilot light is a waste of gas and heat when you are not using the stove), the pilot light on a water heater is still heating the water, albeit to a very small degree.

Gas clothes dryers: Gas provides the heat for gas clothes dryers, but an electric motor turns the drum! No turning of the drum equals no functioning of the dryer. It's elementary logic.

Gas stove tops and ovens: Most of these do now have electronic ignition, which requires electricity. However, at least for the burners on top, one can light them with a match when the power is out. This may be true for some ovens too, but I am less sure about ovens because I don't know if electricity is necessary for the functioning of the thermostats. For the top burners, there is no thermostat; we regulate the temperature by raising and lowering the flame manually.

You can try lighting the top burners with a match yourself: First, unplug the stove (if the plug is accessible - and if it is not, turn off the circuit breaker which controls the kitchen or that part of the kitchen). Then strike a match, depress the dial to the "light" position and within a second or two the gas will flow and ignite from the match.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Wow!

Thanks!

Who said the C-D Retirement forum chat thread isn't educational?!?!
 
Old 03-18-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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Wow!

Thanks!

Who said the C-D Retirement forum chat thread isn't educational?!?!
Be careful and don't blow yourself up.
 
Old 03-18-2014, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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We have our own resident genius -ER Who said you can't teach old dogs new tricks?
 
Old 03-18-2014, 08:32 PM
 
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[b]Gas stove tops and ovens:
You can try lighting the top burners with a match yourself: First, unplug the stove (if the plug is accessible - and if it is not, turn off the circuit breaker which controls the kitchen or that part of the kitchen). Then strike a match, depress the dial to the "light" position and within a second or two the gas will flow and ignite from the match.
The burners on my gas range light without a match when power is out. The burners still do the "click, click" thing, then fire up.
The oven is useless without power. We use our gas grill, on the patio just outside the kitchen door. It does everything from biscuits to meat to casseroles just fine. I use metal cookware of course.

We have a Bialetti moka pot for delicious coffee, so the only cooking appliance I miss is the microwave .

We had a couple of power outages this winter so were able to test stuff out.

The gas water heater keeps right on chugging. If it didn't, we figure we could heat water in pans on the stove and pour a warm bath.

We have a centrally located fireplace with gas logs that don't need electricity and it keeps the living area and downstairs bath bearably not-cold.

One of my best purchases I ever made was this charger to charge our smartphones and Kindles and iPads. When it goes on sale again (I paid $29), I'll buy a couple more. It was so nice to to watch movies and keep up with email and news during those long dark winter evenings. The screens gave us enough illumination too, that we could turn off the battery Coleman lights and blow out the candles.

If a long power fail happens in summer though, we're cooked. The heat will drive us to a hotel, stat.
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