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Heat too hot on LO simmer burner

Is there any way to reduce the heat on the SIMMER BURNER?? Even when set to LO , the heat produced is way too hot and can't get a true simmer (have tried different pots and still boils too hard). Our cooktop was installed and converted for use with LP Gas by the Maytag installer. If it is possible to adjust the heat produced - is it a do-it-yourself job, or does it require a gas professional?

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Re: Heat too hot on LO simmer burner

Take the knob off, and take a very small flat screw driver, and inside the valve, turn it to the left, go slow, and you'll see that it goes down, there ya go

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message.gif?p_db_name=whirlpool Cidalia C: Hi, my name is Cidalia C. How may I help you?
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message.gif?p_db_name=whirlpool Cidalia C: What is the model number of your cook top please
message.gif?p_db_name=whirlpool You: JED8430ADB
message.gif?p_db_name=whirlpool Cidalia C: Thank you. In looking at your burner configuration, the smallest wattage on your unit is 1200. And, unfortunately, there is no way to get a small wattage for your burners. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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message.gif?p_db_name=whirlpool You: I suppose not.
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