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Member Since 15 Jun 2009
Offline Last Active Jul 16 2013 11:17 AM

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In Topic: 'Sup with this cooktop burner valve?

20 May 2013 - 09:16 AM

Superb! Thank you, Willie! That's more to my taste...clean and lubricate and put it back in service rather than go the new parts route if at all avoidable. You saved me having to figure it out on my own (and likely break one as part of the learning curve).


And of course I realize it's a gas valve, hence all the dire warnings elsewhere on the net about replacing rather than servicing, but if it passes a leak test after careful reassembly I feel confident it will be safe.


Much appreciated and thanks to everyone else who contributed.

In Topic: 'Sup with this cooktop burner valve?

19 May 2013 - 04:23 PM

"Gas valve-rt WB21K5015

Item #252057    (OEM Part)



Another nail in the cooktop's coffin. Funny how it has left and right side valves. Doesn't seem such an engineering feat to use the same part in two orientations. And why is one side so much more expensive?


Thanks for looking for it, though.

In Topic: 'Sup with this cooktop burner valve?

19 May 2013 - 03:30 PM

"You're gonna replace the cooktop over a $36 dollar part? Is it in that poor if shape?"


Shoulda explained that I don't particularly like the cooktop, even though it's in quite good shape. The burner grates slide around too much, the wells they sit in aren't deep enough. I picked this one up for less than two new valves would cost, so I'd rather spend my resources on getting my 1949 Maytag range back in service and let this one go. Or go looking for a commercial cooktop like a Vulcan or at least something newer consumer-grade with square grates that lock together and can't slide around.

"The problem is that I'm not finding the replacement."


Thanks for weighing in on this, O wise one. The valves are showing up at a few places online. $36 was the cheapest I found.

In Topic: 'Sup with this cooktop burner valve?

19 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

I must be getting senile. Of course that's the ignitor switch. What caused the mental lapse is that there's one for each burner but they work in parallel so the ignitors all fire whenever one burner is turned on. Duh. But it made me think the ignitors were triggered somewhere other than at each individual burner.


That caused me to overthink this. If that's just a switch, then the problem is mechanical and inside the valve itself. Do these valves typically just lock up with no warning? Is the failsafe mechanism I was guessing had to do with the switch something in the body of the valve itself, or is it just gummed up?


It all seems to be academic anyway since these valves don't appear to be serviceable and replacements are $36 bucks apiece. Not worth fixing, evidently. I hate it when that happens...it's just so WRONG.


One more edit: One of the malfunctioning valves can still be pushed down a notch, but it won't turn. The other one can't be pushed down OR turned. So the problem isn't the detent or notch that keeps the stem from turning in the up position. I guess they are just clogged up at whatever passes for a seat in these things.

In Topic: 'Sup with this cooktop burner valve?

19 May 2013 - 01:29 PM

Won't budge at all. No apparent down motion either for a push-to-turn.


What does the spark switch do? Pass current to the ignitor only if there's gas flowing?

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