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Loss of pressure on Kenmore 16322

I can't get the temperature of my Kenmore model 16322 above 200 degrees. I've cleaned the tubes, used a new tank, let the regulator and hose empty out between tanks and cranked the valve on the tank to full open. The first burner lights fine. The second burner lights but pops, sputters and hisses the flame is weak. The third burner lights fine but reduces the pressure on the first 2. The 4th burner won't light. Then the 3rd goes out by itself. Pressure reduces with each burner I turn on. Flames linger in the box areas between burners. The grill is 2 years old and this problem has come and gone. Now its always stuck this way. Seems like not enough pressure to work properly. Dave from Phoenix, AZ

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  • dvdheckler Dec 19, 2008

    Thanks for the solution. I have tried a few times and still have the same problem, though.

  • dvdheckler Dec 22, 2008

    I found my original instructions and the one thing they mentioned was to turn the gas on SLOWLY. That was the one thing I didn't do. Apparently the regulator on the hose will slow the gas flow if it feels there is too much blasting through. So less is more.
    It works fine now.
    Thanks for all who have helped!
    Time to get those steaks on.

  • spiazza Apr 25, 2009

    I have the same problem and figured it was the opd on the tank. However, it has happend with several different propane tanks. I can usually get it to work by turning on the tank valve very slowly. Unfortunately this does not always work. I an considering replacing the regulator that came with the bbq. It is interesting that the problem is common on this model. Maybe the regulators are faulty?



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I can tell you EXACTLY what is wrong. Remove the tank and open all valves to the grill. Reconnect the tank and turn it on just slightly. Relight the grill.
Ther is a safety device in the tank that needs to be reset. The only way to do it is removing the tank.

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Posted on Dec 17, 2008

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    Dan Webster Dec 20, 2008

    This is a statement propane cylinder users sometimes make
    following the exchange or re-filling of their bottle. The bottle feels heavier
    and obviously is filled with propane but opening the valve produces no escaping
    gas. OPD valves are designed so that propane will not flow from the service
    valve unless it is hooked up to a hose end connection. This is the way the OPD
    cylinder valve was designed. Unattached propane cylinders equipped with OPD
    valves will not allow gas to flow when the service valve (handwheel) is opened.
    The same is true of forklift cylinder

    OPD Valve Design
    The design of the OPD valve is such that turning the cylinder service valve
    handwheel will not produce any effect if the cylinder is not hooked up to an
    appliance. In other words, a connection must be made between the appliance hose
    end and the cylinders service valve. The inside of the OPD valve is engineered
    to only allow propane in or out if the internal valve is actuated by being
    depressed. This OPD valve feature adds additional safety in case the handwheel
    is turned, opening the valve. For this reason, OPD equipped cylinders will not
    allow gas out of the cylinder when opened. The same is true for industrial
    forklift cylinders. Click the photo of the OPD valve (left) to see a larger and
    more detailed picture of the of the internal flow valve.
    See additional OPD Valve Information

    Hose End Connection
    The hose end connection on either a fill hose or appliance supply line is
    designed to work only with OPD equipped cylinders. For the OPD valve to operate
    with the handwheel open, the hose end connection must be securely attached. The
    picture to the left shows a hose end connection. Notice the elevated brass
    fitting is surrounded by acme threads. When attached to a cylinder valve and
    tightened, the brass fitting will push the internal valve open and allow gas to
    flow out of the cylinder to the appliance, if the handwheel is in the open
    position. This fitting must be in place for gas to flow out of the cylinder.
    Otherwise, turning the handwheel will not produce the intended result.




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