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Gas range top burners hard to light...

I have a new GE JGP940SEKSS range that I installed yesterday. The regulator was lost, so I purchased a GE WB19K5019. This deliveres 4" natural gas to the stove. The two front burners are larger and light quickly off of the sparker. The two smaller burners in the back also have a very good spark, but they are very slow to light, sometimes not lighting at all. I have checked the burner gas deflector caps to see if there is a notch that needs to be placed towards the spark, but they are symmetrical, and can only be inserted in two rotations (180 deg apart). There appears to be no difference in ease of lighting depending on cap orientation. I have attempted to adjust the flame set screw (for low flame set point) a little bit and that does not seem to help. Where do I go from here? Thanks..

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  • NM_Shooter Aug 31, 2007

    Thanks.. but this is Nat Gas using Nat Gas.

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Gas burners use propane or natural gas...refer to the manual to see what it takes and sometimes you have a switch to select the proper gas. you can call a gas man to confirm this and correctly tell you whats going on. but he will propably make a trip. good luck

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