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Old 04-11-2018, 08:19 PM   #1
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Everything Works but the Stove! Propane puzzler...

Interesting propane problem on my White Hawk 24RKS: all propane appliances work as usual except the Atwood stove.

All propane lines to the stove appear to be intact and burners are clear. The system has operated as it should for the past two years until yesterday.

Furnace, fridge, and water heater have good propane supply and operate normally but the stove has no gas supply without the workaround described below.

Strangely, I can get propane to the stove if I first set the fridge to “gas” mode and then turn on the stove. Propane will then flow to the stove and it will light and work normally until shut off. If I return the fridge setting to “auto” (electric) mode, propane ceases to flow to the stove after it’s been shut off and it will not re-light until I return the fridge to “gas” mode.

This one’s got me scratching my head. What do you think could be causing this and how can I fix it?
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:24 PM   #2
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How much in the tank(s)?
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:28 PM   #3
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Quite full and they are heavy. All propane appliances except the stove are working normally and the stove works intermittently as described above so the gas supply is there.
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It sounds like a pressure issue to us caused by near-empty tank(s) or regulator issues.
Sorry we couldn't be of more help. Someone else should be along soon.
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Do you have an oven and does it work?
I’m guessing the stove and fridge are on the same section of gas line but it’s just a guess.
I’d look at the regulator and then examine the lines for crimps or damage. This is an odd puzzle, keep us up on what you try and what you find.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:05 PM   #6
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Haven’t tried the oven lately but it seems like I’m priming the stove’s gas line by allowing propane to flow to the nearby fridge in “gas” mode. Crazy I know.

When I switch the fridge back to electric, turn off the stove, and then try to re-light the burners there’s no gas flow to them. Even after they’ve been lit for 5 minutes or more while the fridge was in “gas” mode.

I’m wondering about the small regulator in the range top itself but never heard of one failing. What do you think?
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:08 PM   #7
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.... the main regulator by the tanks seems to be working properly as the fridge, water heater, and furnace are operating normally.
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:33 AM   #8
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So the fridge allows gas to the stove when the fridge is on "gas" when on auto or electric the stove doesn't work.

Does the stove work when the fridge is set to off?

I would look and see how the fridge is plumbed... my bet would be the regulator to the fridge causing some sort of issue for gas flow to the stove.

Seems odd... that the stove would work when the fridge is on gas if it was a low gas problem... I would expect the exact opposite the stove would NOT work when the fridge is on gas...
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Old 04-12-2018, 11:02 AM   #9
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Just tried and no, the stove burner won’t light (no propane flow) with the fridge switched off either.

The only way propane flows to the stove burners is if another gas appliance is operating. Very strange indeed.

Seems to be something in the stove itself. I suspect the stove’s regulator but don’t understand why it would work while other gas appliances are running but not on its own.

Thanks for all the replies. Hopefully we can figure this out. We are traveling so I may not be able to get back to the forum until tonight PST, depending on WiFi and cell availability.
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How cold is it?
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