Gas burners go out on low setting

Old 09-22-02, 01:14 PM
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Question Gas burners go out on low setting

I have a GE gas range model JGBP24GEV4 using natural gas and electronic ignition. I believe that it's about 7 y.o. The problem that's developed recently with 3 of the 4 burners: When the burner control is turned to the lowest setting, the flame goes out. There is some gas still coming out at the time as I've put a lit match to the burner and it does light. The extinguished burner will relight when the control is returned to the "light" position. I've determined that if the burner runs at a high setting for a minute, it can then be turned to the lowest setting and will continue to burn at that setting. I appreciate any help.
Old 09-22-02, 05:59 PM
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Hello ClavinHobs and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

The most likely cause is simply the different metals expanding and contracting at different rates. Sounds like a cop out answer if one doesn't have any logical reply. I have seen the problem many times first hand and watched it demonstrated by manufacturers.

Other possible causes:
There could be a slight amount of dust and or debris in or in the orifices. Remove the burners and clean the brass hex nut orifices at the back ends of the burner tubes.

Also check the tiny simmer burner holes {Ports} in the center of the burner heads, if there are separate ports from the larger circumference burner ring.

If there isn't any other problems like or similar with the oven and broiler burners, chances are the problem is isolated to the top burners.

However, if the top burners are effected and display the characteristics described, when either the oven and or broiler are also on, there is another problem totally unrelated to the reduced flame sizes going out.

Drafts and breezes from nearby opened windows and or heating or air conditioning registers have been know to cause the same condition. Several other conditions can be possible also.

As long as the condition improves when the burners are used for a short period of time after warming up, chances are there isn't any serious or mechanical problems.

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