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Hello We recently remodeled our ktich and have a dacor preference renaissance cooktop. My plumber installed the gas line. As part of the installation, Dacor required to install a gas regulator which my plumber did. We tested to ensure there were no leaks and none were recorded. However, since installation, we once in a while get a smell of gas. Then the smell goes away. We have drawers underneath the cooktop. Most of the time, when the drawer is open there is no smell. However, once in a while, there is a gas order as if you think there is a leak. I talked with my plummer and he suggested I check out more about the regulator and its use. Does the regulator vent out gas if there is too much pressure in the line? If there was a leak, both my plummer and I believe we would consistenly smell gas throughout the ktichen. That is not the case. So, I would like to know more about the gas regulator that Dacor supplies with the unit. Is it suppose to vent gas if there is too much build up in the gas line? Could the regulator be faulty? We would love to receive some feedback.

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I googled the problem to make sure I remembered how they worked.The only problem that would cause regulator leak is improper adjustment on a brand new one if the pressure is too high.It also talks about the spring which helps regulate the gas may lose its springiness,after several years though.There are numerous safety measures to stop the gas from coming out if you have a pilot light and it goes out which I did already know.I also know that NEVER will a regulator just simply release the gas into the air from overpressure.That would not even be allowed by anyone in the entire industry.Also,when your drawer is closed,then you open it,do you get a little whiff of gas?Natural gas(is that what you have?) does not have an odor in it's natural state.After it is drawn,a chemical is added so you can smell it and tell if there is a leak.If the odor is very minimal,it may just be the pilot burning if you have one.I would say it would likely be consistent if there was even the smallest of leaks.I used to repair gas appliances however...I was born with no sense of smell.I am including a link to you so that you can learn a little more about gas regulation.Also,I would be persistenet with your plumber and ask him to come over and do a checkup,and just tell him you are very worried about the situation since it could have obviously dangerous results,and it will give you peace of mind.They should do it for free,they better.Tell him you just want him to come over and make a quick gas reading.Hope this helps you out.If you have any questions about what you are reading,I know how all that stuff works,is designed,or whatever.
Just comment to this post and I will get an auto link.
Good luck! Greg
http://www.inspectapedia.com/plumbing/GasRegulators.htm

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

  • Greg McCarthy Aug 25, 2010

    Also I just thought of something.The gas company may come out and do a free check.Tell them what you did and your concerns,see what they think/recommend and go from there.

    Good luck! Greg

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