Lighting a gas-fired Aga, now that summer's over

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by David Wood, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. David Wood

    David Wood Guest

    We got a brand new gas-fired Aga four years ago (we were hormonally
    disturbed at the time, as half of us were pregnant). We still have a
    conventional cooker, which we use in the summer.

    So far, I think one year it just started without trouble when time came to
    light it. As near as I can remember, last year we had to call the engineer,
    and it was suspiciously quick.

    My wife tried this morning, and says that the process would start fine, but
    then after perhaps 15 minutes it goes out.

    I'm loath to pay the buggers another huge whack for what is probably
    something really simple. Anyone have a clue what?

    TIA,

    David.

    PS - I'm not trying to restart any flame wars - just the Aga itself.
    Cheers!
    David Wood, Aug 31, 2004
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    David Wood Guest

    Andy,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    Ignoring the responses to flame-bait, which was my fault for leaving it in
    there...

    >> My wife tried this morning, and says that the process would start fine, but
    >> then after perhaps 15 minutes it goes out.
    >>
    >> I'm loath to pay the buggers another huge whack for what is probably
    >> something really simple. Anyone have a clue what?

    >
    > Start with the control on the starting setting and light the burner
    > with the igniter. Wait about ten minutes and increase the control a
    > little but not to full setting. Wait a further ten minutes and turn
    > control to the running setting.


    I think this is basically describes what she tried, but I'll be trying again
    this evening.

    > Has the burner been cleaned?


    Undoubtedly not since the last time the engineer had to come in order to
    start the thing. Tell me more - how do I do the clean the burner?

    Thanks!

    David.
    David Wood, Aug 31, 2004
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    Andy Hall Guest

    On Tue, 31 Aug 2004 18:50:44 +0100, David Wood <>
    wrote:

    >Andy,
    >
    >Thanks for taking the time to respond.


    You're welcome.

    Cleaning the burner can be done yourself but the law says that you
    have to be competent to do gas fitting. For professionals that means
    CORGI membership - it doesn't say what defines competent for
    non-professionals.
    So.. you should at least take a look at Ed Sirett's gas fitting FAQ
    and then decide whether you feel competent to do the work including
    all the safety checks.

    Cleaning is a matter of turning off the gas on the cock at the bottom,
    undoing the union immediately above where it meets the valve. Then
    the screws holding the burner
    plate in place are undone to remove the whole lot for cleaning.
    Reassembly is the reverse
    but it's important to use leak detector spray to test the joints.


    The Aga is a simple device, with the most complex piece being the gas
    valve.
    The starting setting is there to give time for some warming up to
    prevent
    the flames lifting off of the burner and going out. It is possible
    that this is what is happening.

    The other possibilities are that the flame failure or one of the other
    sensors has failed and the gas valve is shutting off the supply, or
    that there is a fault in the gas valve itself.
    If you haven't done this type of stuff before then I would call the
    dealer.






    >
    >Ignoring the responses to flame-bait, which was my fault for leaving it in
    >there...
    >
    >>> My wife tried this morning, and says that the process would start fine, but
    >>> then after perhaps 15 minutes it goes out.
    >>>
    >>> I'm loath to pay the buggers another huge whack for what is probably
    >>> something really simple. Anyone have a clue what?

    >>
    >> Start with the control on the starting setting and light the burner
    >> with the igniter. Wait about ten minutes and increase the control a
    >> little but not to full setting. Wait a further ten minutes and turn
    >> control to the running setting.

    >
    >I think this is basically describes what she tried, but I'll be trying again
    >this evening.
    >
    >> Has the burner been cleaned?

    >
    >Undoubtedly not since the last time the engineer had to come in order to
    >start the thing. Tell me more - how do I do the clean the burner?
    >
    >Thanks!
    >
    >David.


    ..andy

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    Andy Hall, Aug 31, 2004
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