Question about Equipex PZ-330 Electric Single Oven
I have found a very good deal on a jenn air oven that is perfect for my kitchen But, there is just one problem -the stove is lp and my house has natural gas. Can this oven be converted to gas? If so, is it expensive or difficult? Would it cause a problem with the efficincy of the stove?.
IT IS BEST TO CALL A PRO but for conversations sake, it can be done. A lot of times the replacement orifices are included, hidden somewhere under the top. The pressure regulator usually has a cap that changes the pressure between Nat and LP. How difficult depends on the access to the regulator and burner orifices. ALL burner orifices have to be replaced not adjusted. LP uses much smaller orifices (hole size) than Nat (YES LP= SMALLER hole size). LP uses twice the working gas pressure as Nat.
LP is heavier and requires more pressure to push, therefore requires higher pressure. To maintain the same BTU rating for each burner, the orifice size needs to be smaller.
Therefore, going from LP to natural, the pressure has to be reduce almost in half . LP ranges use about 1/2 PSI, Nat gas use less than 1/4 PSI. THEN the orifices have to be larger. You could install the proper orifices size or if your PRO knows what he or she is doing, the orifices can be enlarged using the proper size drills and an orifice sizing chart to match the BTU rating of each burner. You could have 5 different size burners that will need 5 different size orifices.
Improper orifice sizing and pressure could result in an under-gassed or over-gassed condition that could lead into CO poisoning or gas leakage.
Posted on Sep 23, 2015
In most cases the pressure regulator has to be changed or adjusted. The orfices on each burner, oven, broiler and surface burner may need to be changed also. Sometimes they can be adjusted. Sometimes the threads on the pipe are different also. This is to prevent accidental connection to the wrong fuel. The big difference is the gas pressure. LP is usually around 10 - 12 lbs and natural gas is usually around 3 lbs. Properly adjusted you will like natural gas much better than LP as it is slightly hotter. The information will be in the instruction book and also on the Jenn air web site. Whirlpool owns both Maytag and Jenn aire so check all sites. The conversion kit is usually less than $50.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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