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HOT oven Range

I have a Tappan gas oven. I have no idea how old it is. The range is so hot. And the oven is not on. I opened the top and there are 2 lights (gas) lit. Is this normal?

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Yes those are pilot lights and this is perfectly normal in fact only be concerned if they are not lit. This is just a fact of life with gas ovens. Little bit spooky huh? That's why I have always preferred electric ranges but gas is preferred by many.

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