Hi - we frequently get calls about gas ovens stopping working completely.
We are able to solve virtually every one of these calls, over the phone and no visit or parts are required.
If you turn on your gas oven and absolutely nothing happens...... take a look first at your oven clock. Check that the time is showing correctly and there are no odd symbols like a bell, the letter 'A' or something unusual.
If there is, just try turning off the electric supply to the cooker for about 5-10 seconds - turning on again and resetting the clock. In most cases, the oven will miraculously work.
This is because there is a timer/programmer on most ovens which if set, will 'lock out' the oven control for immediate use. (it's waiting for the programmed time)
We get 30-40 calls a year about this (mainly around the time the clocks have just been changed) and solve them all over the phone.
Sadly, we hear of numerous occasions where gas engineers go out on a callout to reset the clock knowing full well that there is no real fault, just a clock reset.
This is commonly caused by grand-children pressing buttons on the oven facia or accidental pressing when cleaning and wiping down the front.
If this post saves just one person getting needlessly charged - it's worth it!
Enjoy your ovens.