Last Thursday, I smelled gas in the house after returning from preschool drop off. I took the kids outside, called the gas company, and they were out within hour. They confirmed a slow leak from the back right burner, turned off the gas to the stove, and instructed me to call a repairman.
So I called a repairman and scheduled them to come out between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. They never showed, never called, never nothing. I called back and rescheduled for the next day.
They guys did show up the next day, and told me that there was no gas leak and my stove was in fine working order, but was pretty old and crappy and I should just buy a new one. He turned the gas back on and left. This was Friday.
Well, on Monday, I smelled gas again. I took the kids outside, aired out the house, and it was fine. No more smell. To be clear, it was not a really STRONG gas smell. That would have freaked me out. It was more of a wafting, occasional light gas smell.
Then, on Tuesday, after preschool drop off, I smelled gas again. I took the boys outside, called the repair company and told them they needed to come back. Then, the repairman called and told me he was ordering a new regulator for my stove and he'd call back with the cost and estimated time of repair.
The problem was not the regulator. It was the BURNER. I was sure of it. So I called a different repairman and they were there in about 30 minutes. Guess what was wrong with my stove? THE BURNER. The burner had worn out, as had the igniter, as had the tube that connects to the burner knob. NOT THE REGULATOR.
So, the repairman fixed my stove so it would be safe (I cannot use that one burner) and told me he'd check on parts and call me back. Then, I called the other repairman and told them how wrong they were, and how even if the regulator had been broken, no way should he have left the gas to my stove ON. What a jackass. I'm trying to decided if I should demand my money back, since not only did he not fix my stove; he put my family's lives in danger with his carelessness and lack of knowledge and skill.
I heard back from the good repairman and they told me it would be $329 to fix my stove. My stove that probably cost $350 brand new 15 years ago. HAHAHAHAHA!
We're getting a new stove. I'm ordering it tonight, and it will be installed in about two weeks. In the mean time, my current stove is safe it use and operate. And that's the saga of my stove.