Hello, I have a 1950 Wedgewood stove that I just fixed the oven on. Problem is that I can't figure out how to get the safety valve to allow me to use it! I push it in, the gas goes on and she lights beautifully, but as soon as I release the button, the gas shuts off. Help! I have the original manual and it doesn't tell me what to do in this case. Any hints? I just spent $300 getting a new thermocoupler put in (I think that's what it is called) and I want to do some baking! Thanks, Cecilia
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Hello. One question has your range burner jets been changed to LP (liquid
propane). If you are using natural gas jets for the burners and ovens this make
the heat and flam fluctuate in temperature and the same for the oven. Natural
gas jets are larger. One more thing here! There is a control valve spring with
cap in the stove gas regulator that has to be taken out and turn around.
Search the operation manual on how to changes jets from natural gas to LP. In
back of the stove behind one of the panels is a small cloth bag contain these LP
jest and also there should be set of instruction in a bunch of languages.
If you are going to do this yourself--- DIY. Read those instruction ever
carefully. There a bass ball valve that hook to the gas line before the flex
stainless line behind you stove. Turn the nob to where it perpendicular to the
gas line. Open the windows in the house and turn off all electric equipment such
as, fans, toasters, don't be clicking the light switches off and on. Just
a precaution for you and your family safety.
Check with your city zoning ordnance about home owner changing their gas jets
in the range. Some cities and states won't allow you to due this. Then you will
need a technician to preform this operation. I wish you and family well being
and you safety first... GB you...stewbison
It sounds like the problem is either the safety valve (the reset button) or the oven thermostat (the assembly behind the oven temperature knob). Both parts can be rebuilt (if they are original parts) and replacement parts are still made for 1940's and 50's Wedgewoods.
Hello, Thanks for answering my questions. It sounds to me like your oven's safety valve is going bad. There have been many times when I am at a customer's house and it has been a while since they used the oven, and it seems to take forever to light the oven. Just tapping the oven safety valve with a wrench or handle of a screw driver is all that's needed to open the valve and light the burner. As long as your oven's igniter glow bar is lighting, (glowing orange or sparking), then the oven safety valve is your problem. It is a silver rectangular valve in the far back bottom of the oven with the orifice on top of it and the burner tube coming down over the orifice. Try tapping it and see if that works. Otherwise, just have it replaced. Douglas
Hello. Thanks for choosing Fixya! First of all you clearly did the right thing by having the gas company come by. Most likely the safety valve on your stove is defective and needs to be replaced. The safety valve is supposed to prevent accidental gas flow.
Here is the other issue. In home repairs have become so pricey once any thing is out of warranty that it is always a judgment call as to what to do. The new gas stoves are much more efficient than the models of 5 years ago, they are much better when it comes to baking with uniform results, etc. etc. etc. There fore, you could call a few appliance repair shops and get estimates, which would allow you to make a more educated decision about whether to repair or replace. Best regards, J.
My mother had the same problem with her Gaffers-Sattler range. No one could figure out what was wrong with it. Her local new appliance repair people said to contact J.E.S. Enterprises, Inc at www.theoldapplianceclub.net. Whew; thank God for that tip. They knew exactly what the problem was and repaired the unit for her. The stove is running again like a workhorse! Here is their number - 805-643-3532.
Often times you will have problems with the gas thermostat and not necessarily with the safety valve. Once you have lit the pilot light, turn the oven knob to any temperature. The pilot light should get bigger in size of flame. If not, the thermostat that controls the oven must be replaced. If the pilot light does get bigger, but the stove does not ignite, it is the safety valve.