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Low Gas Pressure on Smeg Range cooker

Ciated.Hi im having problems with my Smeg Gas Range Cooker. It is a five hob range cooker. We are a large family and cook everyday, usually two to three times a day. Our Smeg range cooker hobs do not give off enough heat compared to other cookers I have used at friends house as well as my old cooker. We are not sure quite what to do?

We use quite alot of gas in my house with two gas fire heaters as well as boiler to run hot water and central heating (12radiators).

Ive had a gas engineer come around and he said some of the gas pipes in my house were too small, with high demand on gas services all running at the same time (2gas fires, boiler, and cooker) the gas pressure drops within the house.

He changed gas piping at key areas to larger diameter copper pipes i.e from main intake to the areas where each supply forks away from the main supply to heaters, boiler and cooker.

However we still have problems with low gas pressure on the cooker. To be honest im not really bothered about the boiler and heaters as low pressure on these items dont really cause a problem.

However on the cooker it is a major problem! Because we cook 2-3times daily its a major pain not getting the correct pressure which results in the need to cook for longer periods, as well as a poor quality finish for example when frying where gas pressure is too low to give an adequate heat output. Even the rapid 3.5KW burner is very limp, not impressive at all.

I am wondering now if the problem infact is the cooker rather than the gas piping? Does the cooker have a gas regulator for example?

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  • sallyparkchu Dec 04, 2008

    I am having the same problem. Just bought the range and the pressure of the range is really low it takes over 20 min. to boil water on the second highest burner. The first larger one doesn't even ignite properly. I have a repair man coming this Friday, but that doesn't solve the problem for the other burners.

  • grahamh49 Jan 12, 2009

    Exactly the same as Sally. Heat output is rubbish and the Wok burner won't even stay alight. Not the piping as the cooker is only 3m from the meter. Think that it may just be a dud purchase!

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There should be a regulator on back of the stove where the gas line connects.you will see a plug that unscrews,remove this plug and run the unit.if this solves your problem clean the plug really good and put back on.

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The cooker has to have a minimum of 20milli bars of gas working pressure or it will not function properly. the gas meter also has to have the same. a gas fitter can make a simple test at the meter with a manomiter and then at the cooker ensuring both have a mimimum of 20 mb this enables the fitter to see if the pipe is the correct diamiter.

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