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Re: stove/pilot is improperly adjusted

Posted by Dee on August 07, 2001 at 20:30:14:

In Reply to: stove posted by bobo on August 07, 2001 at 10:01:41:

: i live in an nyc apt that has a superhot gas stove--
: probably adds 15 degrees to my absolutely-no-circulation
: apt.

: now that i'm spending more time in it and hate heat,
: i'm trying to figure out my options.

: 1) does a stove top that could literally burn your
: hand constitute a non-working applicance?

It is a hazard: call your landlord ASAP, if he won't fix it in a couple of days, call Central Complaints, the Heat and Hot Water number in NYC. It's a simple thing: the pilots are too high. Mine had the same problem: you should not try to fix it yourself since you know nothing about the subject. (no offense: it is dangerous to play around with gas)

: 2) am i allowed to have someone install a cut-off
: switch for the gas--to eliminate the heat source?

NO. Installing stuff without the landlord's written approval is grounds for eviction. Besides: do you know how expensive that is?!

: 3) if i buy a stove, with the landlord's consent,
: can i compel him to share the cost--and not get
: smacked with an MCI increase for his share?

You probably don't need a new stove: get this one fixed. If the landlord tries then claims it can't be fixed, the law requires him to replace it with one that does work properly, maybe new, maybe used.

: thanks in advance.

Warning: if NY state and stabilized, do not 'ask' for a 'new' stove. Always ask for a repair or for a 'stove that works'. If you ask for a 'new' stove and/or sign a written consent form, he can then ad 1/40 of the cost of the stove to your rent permanently.

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