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I have a Tappan gas stove that takes forever to heat up (oven) and I smell gas before it starts to heat. Help?

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  • Douglas Jensen Jul 03, 2010

    Hello, I have some questions for you for clarification. Is this propane or natural gas? How old is it? Describe the burner flame: Is it yellow or blue, or blue with yellow tips? How many inches long is the flame on each side of the burner? Do you have soot build-up? Wipe the walls of the oven and see if you get black fingers. Do you only smell gas when you use the oven? In other words, you don't smell gas when it's off or when you use the stove top burners, right? Your answers will help me better determine what is wrong. Douglas

  • bettyruger5 Jul 08, 2010

    Hi, It is about 10 years old. Natural gas. Blue flame. No soot. I only smell gas when I turn on the oven-it takes like 15 minutes for the oven to start heating up. Thanks-Betty

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Hello,
Thanks for answering my questions. It sounds to me like your oven's safety valve is going bad. There have been many times when I am at a customer's house and it has been a while since they used the oven, and it seems to take forever to light the oven. Just tapping the oven safety valve with a wrench or handle of a screw driver is all that's needed to open the valve and light the burner. As long as your oven's igniter glow bar is lighting, (glowing orange or sparking), then the oven safety valve is your problem. It is a silver rectangular valve in the far back bottom of the oven with the orifice on top of it and the burner tube coming down over the orifice. Try tapping it and see if that works. Otherwise, just have it replaced. Douglas

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