Gas smell in oven

Old 09-18-02, 11:48 AM
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Question Gas smell in oven

I'm getting a gas smell when we use the oven in our one year old Whirlpool Super Capacity 465 stove. We notice the smell when we open the door to insert the food.

There is no smell prior to lighting or after it is shut off.

The oven glow plug seems to be constantly lite at the back of the oven at the bottom. The stove is lit by turning knob to ignition.

All the burns in the oven seems to be lit.

Any suggestions of what is wrong?
Old 09-18-02, 08:33 PM
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Hello tradesmn. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum.

Tiny gas leaks are most likely to be found at any connection point or joint. Anywhere there are two or more parts connected together there could be a leak.

If your going to attempt to locate the leak or leaks, unplug the appliance, remove all the racks, shelves, plates & panels to expose the gas carrying parts.

Apply leak detection soap {available at the local appliances parts stores} to one location at a time, and look closely for bubbles. The bubbles may be tiny and may take a few seconds to a minute or so to form.

In some cases, simply tightening up a fitting will solve the problem. But not always. Most times the parts connection nut or fitting will have to be slightly loosened more, the threads oiled and retightened or some facet like this.

Another possibility is the runaway valve. It's a small brass shut off valve which is usually located where the gas supply enters the oven. The core on these valves sometimes leaks.

To resolve this type of leak, the main gas inlet supply line will have to be turned off first. Then rotate the cap nut that secures the core valve and the core and lever handle can be removed.

Once that is out, apply some oil or light weight grease, reinstall the core back into the valves body and secure it with the cap nut.

Leaks can also come from the burners gas valve, etc. These leaks are often far more difficult to locate and correct. In many of these cases, it takes a professional to correct the problem.

Regards & Good Luck
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