Considering buying a house? Here’s a tale from the Department of How to Turn a Small Problem into a Fatal Problem: the erratic temperature control in our IKEA-brand oven finally got on my nerves enough to arrange service. The range is made by Whirlpool in Italy so it was Whirlpool who showed up. The technician got excited about a loose trim piece as the source of the temperature fluctuation and took the range away from the wall to facilitate reattachment. Then he put it all back and tested the oven and discovered that the temp was still not regulated properly. So he ordered some parts and left. A few hours later we began to think “this gas smell is a little too strong to be accounted for by a two-year-old playing with the knobs.” So it was time to call the emergency number for National Grid. They had to show up after dark, pull the range away from the wall again, and tighten the connections so that they were no longer leaking.