Tell me if my oven valve is operating correctly
Sorry, I'm not on my computer with the pictures, but all the info on the regulator is posted above.
This trailer is new to me and I am new to RV appliances, so I don't really have a lot of history with how propane appliances are supposed to work. I think my valve works, but either slowly, intermittently or is just 'sticky' inside. The thing is forty years old after all.
Pilot flame on. Turn oven knob to any temp. After several seconds up to a minute the valve engages (clicks) and the pilot ignites a starter pilot (?? a larger flame to light the burner?) and a short while (up to 20 seconds) later the burner ignites. Seems to operate much more quickly if it was just turned off then on again.
So it works but seems flakey. Getting the valve to click is the key, but the time for it to do that varies greatly and seems to be aided by tapping on the valve or shaking the knob, though that is not consistent. That's why I say it seems 'sticky'. The thermopile is permanently attached, so I can't replace that independently.
What is normal operation for this type of valve? Is there normally a long or variable time before the regulator valve engages the propane supply to the burner? Can I expect the oven temp to be regulated properly after it reaches the set temperature? Guess I could get the DW to bake some cookies. Scientific research, of course. No other reason than scientific research.