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Burners unreliable when oven is on

When my oven is on, I have a difficult time with burner ignition. I turn the knob to lite, and I can smell the gas, and hear the click click click, but the flame does not come on. This only happens when my oven is on. It works perfectly when the oven is off. My solution has been to turn the burners on before I turn on the oven. But this is no way to live! Eventually I can usually get one burner to work - the flame goes on in one corner of the burner, and either spreads around the whole circle gradually, or extinguishes. What can I do?

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Re: burners unreliable when oven is on

Sounds like the pressure loss in the gas supply pipe to the range when the oven is burning doesn't leave you enough pressure to light the hob burners (the amount of air the burners entrain depends on the gas feed pressure. If this is wrong, you don't get an ideal mixture). Could be due to undersizing of the gas pipe, some sort of obstruction to the pipe or crushing of a hose - and/or a reduced supply pressure from the utility company. If the problem has been there since installation, it's probably worth checking whether the piping to the range has been sized correctly (especially if you've upgraded from something smaller), and that any quick release couplings are properly mated. If the range started off working properly, first check whether any other appliances are behaving oddly, whether there's anything looks odd about the reducing valve on your gas meter, and whether any of your neighbours are having problems. All of these would tend to point to a pressure problem at the supply end. After that, trace as much of the pipework from meter to range as you can, and look for anything out of the ordinary. A.

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