Proper orientation of appliance gas regulator


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Old 12-31-06, 11:03 AM
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Remodeling kitchen project has contractor installing our new gas range top with the regulator positioned "vertically". Install guide shows mount of regulator in the horizontal position. What is the reason for orientation needed to be horizontal, and what if any problems could arise from a vertically mounted regulator?
 
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The appliance regulators can usually be installed in any direction except upside down (with the cap pointed downward). Check with the install instructions, they should specifically state which ways are recommended.
 
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Hello VKC2. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Not sure where the installer is installing the regulator. Not mentioned. Preferably the regulator should be on the intake manifold of the cook top. Not on the gas supply pipe. That's where the gas shutoff should be installed.

If the intake manifold pipe on the appliance is vertical, pointing down wards, installation of the regulator in the vertical position is acceptable. If intake is horizontal, installation of the regulator in that position is acceptable also. Providing the regulator is not upside down, as Hank mentioned.

If a modification of the angle is required on the gas intake manifold for installation purposes, regulator position either horizontal or vertical is acceptable. As long as regulator is not upside down and the flow arrow points to wards the cook top. Installation instructions are only a guide.

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Question appliance gas regulator...

Cooktop/Range top saw first "lit" a few hours ago....seems to be working fine. Regulator is behind a cabinet drawer under the range top but our designer did not specify sufficient clearance for both the supply line to the range top and the appliance regulator. A hole had to be cut out of the rear of the cabinet drawer to make room for the gas feed elbow. The regulator is connected between the elbow and the shutoff valve. If the regulator needs to be horizontal then another cutout will be needed to make room in the back of the cabinet drawer. Install guide states this regulator "needs" to be positioned horizontally. So...question is...what are implications of mounting it vertically instead of horizontally? I'll be posing same question to manufacturer...(Thermador).
 

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If the regulator is made by Maxitrol, the chances of any problems are slim. The answer to your question likely will lie with Thermador.

If the manual say to do it a certain way then that's the way I would do it. If for no other reason, the cooktop may not be covered under warrenty should a problem arise.

You problem is not uncommon. Too many times I go to hookup a cook top and there is no room for the gas line or regulator. The "designers" take measurements for the cook top not realizing there needs to be room for the hookup underneath.

Let us know what Thermador's response is, as I'm curious myselfe for the reasons.
 
 

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