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Old 12-30-2013, 03:39 PM   #1
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Suburban Oven Problems

Ok- Got the pilot lite lite but the main burner will not lite, saw where the thermocouple was mounted in front of the pilot lite,seemed a good bit away from it though. After a while , i took my small butane torch and placed it near the thermocouple, a few seconds later the main burner lite, take it away, it goes out.
Any way to adjust the distance between the pilot and the thermocouple, or how do remove the whole assembly ?

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If your stove is like so many others you may have a pilot adjustment located under the stove top burner cover. Place the pot grates aside and open the stove top. Find the pilot tube that feeds the oven. There should be a small screw in where it connects to the manifold. Run it out a bit and see if the flame increases. Making the flame 'hotter' may fix your problem.

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Suburban oven

Most t/couples are adjustable and it sounds as yours may not been installed correctly. I have worked on stoves and furnaces for about 40 years so I am familiar with what some installers do wrong. There should be a knurled round nut on the end by the pilot, if you can loosen this and remove that end you will probably find the t/c end was not shoved in far enough on install and will not allow the pilot to heat it in order to let the gas valve know it needs more propane for heat. Hope this helps you out and good luck.
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That sure looks like an excessive amount of "sooting" right there. I cannot really tell distances on the thermocouple from your pics, however the sooting seems more interesting to me. Sooting is a sure sign of poor LP flow or O2 adjustment. Poor flow or flame adjustment would prevent the thermocouple from becoming hot enough to stay engaged. As the others have mentioned above - all excellent advice.
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Anyone have any advise on how to remove the unit, it's quite a bitch working in there !!!!
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Well, the first thing I guess I would do it blow at it. The pilot light is really low pressure a small amount of dirt, even something like a spider web, will cause the flame to be small and not make enough heat. A portable air tank would be good. But, even if you could rig up a straw and blow on it with your lungs it might be all it would take. And, you could bang in it lightly and hope it dislodges the little bit of dirt stuck in the end of your pilot tube. None of this will probably work but, it's easier then removing the whole thing and you just never know.
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Well, the first thing I guess I would do it blow at it. The pilot light is really low pressure and a small amount of dirt, even something like a spider web, will cause the flame to be too small and then it will not make enough heat. A portable air tank would be good to use to blow at if you have one. But, even if you could rig up a straw and blow at it with your lungs it might be all it would take. And, you could bang in it lightly and hope it dislodges the little bit of dirt stuck in the end of your pilot tube. This may not work but, it's easier then removing the whole thing and you just never know!!! I've had it work for me
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Thanks, will get my blowgun out and try that. Suburban sent me the schematics, manual and parts list for it, not as detailed as i would like but a big help.

Sorry jerichorick, It was difficult to a high degree !!!

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