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  •  Gas Stove Annoyances (6+ / 0-)

    My gas stove in the kitchen is brobably about 20 years old -- it came with the house.  From day one the back left burner never worked -- gas would spew out but the ignition wouldn't click to light the gas.

    Additionally we noticed the problem of weak flames on the burners when you had the oven going as well -- as if not all the gas was burning and flames were coming out of only half the vents.

    The problem with the burners got worse in the past month so we called in a repair guy and annoyingly enough he claimed there was nothing wrong with the stove -- he got the back burner to light and said that the problem of a weak flame is the fact that the burners needed to "warm up" a bit before going full till.

    IMO it all sounded like bullsh*t.  I still can't get the back burner going 11 times out of 12 and I've never ever had a stove that needed to "warm up" first!

    •  feels like maybe... (6+ / 0-) aren't getting enough gas.  We have a very old gas range, and we've had to clean out the burners.

      Is the gas valve behind the stove fully opened? Are you  getting enough pressure?  This can be tested.

      All those burner parts come out easily (no tools required) and can be cleaned with ammonia.  Put all the parts in a heavy plastic bag, pour in a bunch of ammonia and tie the bag up tight. After a day of hot sunshine, the ammonia and heat will dissolve most of the crud buildup. I would also check the orifices to the pilot lights for crud built up.  

      There is also an adjustment for the amount of air being mixed with the gas as it enters the burner, which could be an issue also.

      don't always believe what you think...

      by claude on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 06:45:06 AM PST

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      •  Might want to try a different repairman too n/t (6+ / 0-)

        17. Ne5

        In chess you may hit a man when he's down -- Irving Chernev, on Przepiorka v. Prokes, Budapest, 1929

        by Spud1 on Sat Mar 03, 2007 at 06:57:43 AM PST

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        •  Yeah but it was a home warrenty guy (6+ / 0-)

          I gotta use the guy they send. If the guy can't fix the stove, they replace the stove.  So far the warrenty has paid for itself as my hot water heater went out 1 1/2 year ago and my dryer six months ago, I have a 25 year old furnae and a 25 year old AC unit, ancient washer and dryer.

          These days the home warrent programs have evolved into service contracts. Mostly I've had good results with the companies used. Unfortunately though the stove guy is the exception.

      •  I suspected the gas line myself (4+ / 0-)
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        claude, SarahLee, bronte17, Fabian

        The burners are in good shape as I clean them regularly to prevent crud buildup.  No pilot lights -- this is an electronic ignition stove.

        But yes the oxygen & gas ratio is what I suspect.

        The guy will be coming back next week with a new burner for the back one that doesn't work -- but I doubt that will fix things.

        I will be grilling him next week -- yesterday it was my mom handling thing (bless her soul) while I was at work.

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