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Old 01-02-2017, 12:56 PM   #1
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After coming home from a 2 week vacation I lit my stove a few days ago. The burner stayed lit for a few minutes and then slowly ran out of gas. I tried lighting other burners with no success. The issue was certainly gas flow as a lighter didn't start the flame. There was a faint smell of gas but not enough to get a flame going when the burner was opened. I played with it for about an hour before giving up and calling my landlord as I am in a 6-unit apartment building. Nobody touched the stove between Saturday and this morning when the plumber showed up. He lit the burners no problem and they stayed lit consistently for 5 minutes. Now, my landlord is rightfully a little pissed that he sent someone out when there was seemingly no issue. I'm not convinced it won't recur, though, as this stove was probably a cheap model 30 years ago and is reaching the end of it's life (only 3/4 burners work anyway). Any ideas what may have caused this?

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Old 01-02-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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Crud / corrosion in the gas line, causing a temporary blockage.
Maybe a bad regulator .


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What is your location? Line could have been frozen.
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What is your location? Line could have been frozen.
Frozen? I doubt that an apartment building would have propane, but people do things differently elsewhere. I've never heard of a NG line freezing.

My thought is that either a spider or something was in the regulator (building or stove) or the pipe itself. Considering that one burner isn't working, I'd say something is in the line.

Did the technician test gas pressure? On those types of calls, I try to do my full due diligence.

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Check with your neighbors. Did gas service go off during the period you
were away? If so, there may have been line service some where and air may have gotten in the line. Are you on an upper floor? Natural gas is heavier than air. Any air in the line would have gotten pushed up to the upper floor.

If the pipe from the lower floor to the upper floor was filled with air, you would have had to let it be pushed out before you could light.

Sounds good to me, how about you?
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Check with your neighbors. Did gas service go off during the period you
were away? If so, there may have been line service some where and air may have gotten in the line. Are you on an upper floor? Natural gas is heavier than air. Any air in the line would have gotten pushed up to the upper floor.

If the pipe from the lower floor to the upper floor was filled with air, you would have had to let it be pushed out before you could light.

Sounds good to me, how about you?
It's actually lighter then air, but not by much. It takes forever for it to separate naturally.

I was thinking of gas work too, but you'd think that the landlord would know about it. It would fit the symptoms, but the tech would have had to purge the line a bit before it lit.

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landlord would know about it.
I'm a landlord, we only know when the rent is late.

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I played with it for about an hour before giving up
If Chestercat had tried one more time it would have probably lite.

Tech would have had a lot more confidence in what he was doing and would have not worried too much about escaping gas. Therefore left the valve open longer.
Chestercat should have had him fix the non-functioning burner while he was there.
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I'm a landlord, we only know when the rent is late.

If Chestercat had tried one more time it would have probably lite.

Tech would have had a lot more confidence in what he was doing and would have not worried too much about escaping gas. Therefore left the valve open longer.
Chestercat should have had him fix the non-functioning burner.
The landlords that I deal with are all be active in the operations of their places. I guess you're different.

Maybe a bit of air was all it was. It's quite possible.

I'd still be taking a pressure reading and putting it on the work order. Since the landlord probably paid for it, I don't normally tell the tenant much though. That's between the landlord and the tenant.

As for the stove, if it was something simple, I'd fix it, but I don't carry many parts for kitchen appliances. Maybe that tech did.

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