Gas stove (and landlord) driving me crazy. Help?
When I moved into the apt, the gas stove made a "clicking" noise (presumably from pilot light) every 5 minutes, round the clock, that could be heard throughout the apartment. Most of the burners also refused to light or would take a very long time (30+ seconds), though you could smell the gas being released. It took 5 visits over a month and a half for Maintenance to get the noise to stop (on 2 visits, they found nothing wrong). I didn't use the stove that whole time. Now, the clicking noise has at least stopped when the stove is off.
The problem now is that each of the burners has a different point on the dial (not where it's marked "Light") where it ignites. I can also only use the stove at high heat. At low to medium heat, the pilot light continues to ignite and make a loud, rapid (couple clicks per second) clicking sound that won't stop unless you turn the heat to high. So I called Maintenance this morning, described the problem briefly and asked them to call me back. I'd like to schedule a time for them to fix it when I'm home so I can show them what I think is wrong, or so they can tell me I'm an idiot and show me how to properly use the stove (shrug). Of course, they didn't call me back, but when I got home there was a note stating that they smelled gas but all the burners are OK.
I've never had these kinds of problems with gas stoves before, and I've used many over the years. This stove is driving me crazy and I'm probably driving Maintenance crazy as well. It would help if I could get someone to actually answer my calls so we can have a dialogue but they seem to be taking the passive-aggressive route in just sending Maintenance while I'm at work--unscheduled and sometimes taking over a week to do so. Does anyone know if I can easily fix the stove myself? Should I threaten the landlord that I'll call the Fire Department and report the stove as a fire hazard that they can get fined over?
Sorry for the long boring rant.