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Gas smell coming from Viking range top

I have a Viking VGRT360-6bss that now has a gas leak. We are turning the gas off at the ball valve under the range top each time it is used, but what a pain that is! I have tried to find a parts list and/or appliance site that sells parts for the Viking brand to no avail. The unit is about 10 years old. Any ideas or information would be very helpful.
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SOURCE: I have the same problem, how did you fix it.

try changing the gas hose,that connects to the ball value.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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