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Re: Oven doesn't get to tempurature
Whether to have or replace or remove the solenoid is a matter of philosophy, really.
Personally I try to follow the school of engineering that says yes, you really can idiot-proof most things. You CAN design equipment which makes certain failure modes impossible.
Others would say that's a waste of time and money, the user needs to take some responsibility and just not do dumb things.
Consider, when we get off a boat, we turn the Big Red Switch and generally kill power to everything. But when we leave the home...everything is still powered up, and appliance failures (especially refrigerators apparently) and wall wart failures cause an incredible number of fires. Then again a fellow I know has a winter home which is off grid, they literally throw the kill switch on the generator and the entire home is powered down when they leave--for any reason.
A solenoid really is a total waste of time and money, IF the owner can swear they will never be tired or distracted or rushed and they will always manually turn the gas off promptly when they are done cooking.
I know folks who leave their home and then turn around to come back to check that they've locked the front door. Or they use spring-loaded latches that always lock the door when it is closed. I don't do that...I was a city kid, and we never, ever, left a front door unlocked behind us. I don't have to ask--it is muscle memory.
Gas lines? Eh, I want the solenoid. I hate loud noises, especially if I'm in the middle of one.