Gas Supply Problem

Old 02-27-02, 01:28 PM
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Oven fails to reach sufficient temperature

I own a gas range which at one point I converted -although unsuccessfully- from natural to bottled gas and back again. After the conversion, the oven fails to reach sufficient temperature and the burners cannot be used at the same time as each other. When you attempt to do so, the other burners either fail to ignite or the other flame output is diminished drastically.

It was my initial belief that I wasn't getting sufficient gas supply from the source. I don't think that's the problem now. Then I thought somehow I compromised the integrity of the regulator during the original conversion to propane. This diagnosis, in part, resulted from the distinct smell of gas whenever the oven has been started.

Could you please advise with any possible reasons and solutions.
Thank you, in advance, for your anticipated prompt response.

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Old 02-27-02, 07:02 PM
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Hello Laurie and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

Based upon the problem description, I don't think it's a gas supply volume problem either. To clearify that statement, I mean gas supply from the house pipe.

However, be sure the shut-off valve on the supply pipe is opened fully and there are no kinks, bends or crimps in the flex tube between the stove and the shut-off valve.

The problem appears to be with the appliance regulator. Be sure it's natural gas regulator. If the appliances regulator is the type that is convertable, by turning over the tower cap, be sure it's screwed in correctly and facing correctly.

If the regulator was replaced during the failed attempt to convert the stove, be sure it's the correct one for natural gas and also facing correctly. there is an arrow on the body of the reg. The arrow faces into the stove when it's installed onto the intake manifold pipe of the stove.

There could also be a restriction in the air vent hole. the air hole is beneath the vent cap to the side of the center tower. The cap is removeable. Clear the tiny hole but do not poke into the hole. Doing so will damage the rubber diaphram beneath the hole.

All else fails, replace the entire stove regulator. The part isn't expensive and they are universal. An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Appliance parts dealers test and carry replacement parts for all appliances. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Retail parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers if you stop in at the store.

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