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Okeefe and Merritt Oven control knob installation

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I have an old Okeefe and Merritt range, model # A 3848, Ser # 206012.

 

The oven control knob became very hard to turn, and finally fell off. There were some teeny little metal parts, some of which seemed home made, that fell out and that I suspect were the remains of some sort of clip, as I cannot figure out how to get it to stay on and function. It is a Robertshaw valve. I think this shows the valve, it is a type C and I think the demolished clip goes where the "OFF" is shown.

 

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most of the time when this control gets hard to turn , it's the control itself

the control gets hard and the homeowner turns it until the knob breaks

 

did you already get a new knob ?

if you did i comes with the clip installed

just put the trim ring in place , the spring , then push the knob on

make sure the oven is off and you line up the "off" on the knob at the top

 

i would guess you are going to need a valve too

 

if you do replace the valve , a word of advice : start all the small gas lines by hand before you touch any of them with a wrench

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I can't seem to find the valve on RepairClinic. Where are these available? I wondered if it is possible to disassemble and clean the valve. I assume it would need some sort of seals that are likely not available, but some sort of stock O rings might do in a pinch.

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 I wondered if it is possible to disassemble and clean the valve. I assume it would need some sort of seals that are likely not available, but some sort of stock O rings might do in a pinch.

NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO, NEVER, NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO,NO !!!!!!!! 

Have i made myself clear ?  NO !!!!!!!

 

NEW VALVE ! OR NOTHING !

 

 

about getting a valve : I use a local supply house that handles these appliances , you should be able to find one in your city too .

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Yes sensei, you have made yourself clear, but I hate to go local. I'll toss a few yen into the beer fund.

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Have not seen one in years, hate to tell you this but , YOU cant go cheap on this because its an antique, very limited supply if any & yes there are company's that rebuilt those.

Most old ranges like that can go from 3 to 5 k  easily, I moved to a new area so I don't see anything older than 15 years.

Good luck.

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 on-line   AntiqueGasStoves.com.....P/N AGS14...................... looks close, but contact them.....I do not know what Cactus B would say , but , they do gas valve rebuilding...................

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what would i say : I say fine as long as someone who know what they are doing does the rebuilding

 

used or "repaired" gas valves may work fine one minute and leak the next

 

leading to ..............BOOM  !

 

A homeowner or a standard appliance repair person should never attempt such a task .

 

the simple "liability" of such an action makes it not worth any benefit

Edited by Cactus Bob

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