Question about Whirlpool SF315 Dual Fuel (Electric and Gas) Kitchen Range
When the oven or broiler is first turned on, there is a strong gas smell for a couple minutes. I've watched the ignitor and it comes on immediately after the oven is turned on, but the flame doesn't start up until about 50 seconds after it is started. The installation manual says that 20-40 seconds is normal. Is this slight delay of about 10 seconds causing gas to escape during the ignition phase? If so, is there a valve that releases gas to the oven that is doing so prematurely? Not sure what to fix here.
CALL THE GAS COMPANY AND TELL THEM YOU SMELL GAS ... SOME GAS COMPANIES STILL COME OUT FOR FREE TO CHECK. DO NOT TELL HIM A BUNCH OF DETAILS. JUST THAT YOU SMELL GAS AT THE STOVE. CHANCES ARE YOU WILL GET A NICE GUY WHO MAY TELL YOU EXACTLY WHATS WRONG AND FIX IT. EVEN IF THEY CHARGE YOU CAN PAY THEM IN SMALL AMOUNTS EACH MOTH FOR THE BILL. 50 SECONDS IS TOO LONG ...THE 20-40 SECONDS ALLOWS FOR THE SLOW STEADY INCREASE OF GAS FLOW TO START ... TO AVOID THE GAS COMMING ON AT FULL PREASURE AND CAUSING A "HARD IGNITION" OF THE BURNERS. THE GAP AND THE CORECT DISTANCE OF THE LOCATION OF THE IGNITOR TO THE BURNERS SHOULD BE CHECKED.THIS GAP IS USUALLY IN THE SPEC. MANUAL. ALSO MAKE SURE THE FLAME SENSOR IS IN THE FLAME. FOR THE FACT YOU SAY THIS IS HAPPENING TO BOTH UPPER AND LOWER BURNERS LEAVES ME TO THINK THE GAS PRESSURE IS NOT CORRECT GOING INTO THE APPLIANCE ... THE GAS COMPANY WILL CORRECT THAT. GOOD LUCK AND BE SAFE !!!! Joe_Rex
Posted on May 02, 2007
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