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Hi I have on old Smev LPG cooker. One of the back burners doesn't stay on when I release the knob. Any idea what the issue is  and can it be fixed.

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7 minutes ago, brickie said:

Hi thanks. Ok so I suppose I need to look for spares.

I would stick around for more suggestions before parting with your money!

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It does sound like the thermocouple. Before you replace it, check first that the tip of the thermocouple is in the flame and that the nut holding it at the far end is tight. You could try swapping two of the thermocouples to see if the fault then shows up on the other burner to be sure this is the cause.

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4 minutes ago, philjw said:

It does sound like the thermocouple. Before you replace it, check first that the tip of the thermocouple is in the flame and that the nut holding it at the far end is tight. You could try swapping two of the thermocouples to see if the fault then shows up on the other burner to be sure this is the cause.

 

This is good advice.

 

Yes the chances are high it is a failed thermocouple, and temporarily swapping with another from the same hob is a good way of testing. See if the fault stays on the ring or moves to the other ring when you swap two over. 

 

 

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A quick Google suggests spare parts are available for most Smev cookers. Check for your particular model number on one or two spare parts sites.

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3 minutes ago, brickie said:

If it's the thermocouple would it have to be specific to the cooker or could I get one off the shelf.

 

Probably the former. Cooker spares are never easy to source however. 

Just now, David Mack said:

Check for your particular model number

 

This being the hard part! There are so MANY cooker models out there and your exact model may or may not be listed on the spares sites. 

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55 minutes ago, brickie said:

Thanks. Is there a thermocouple to each burner.

Yes. Each burner has to have its own flame failure device. If there was just one, one burner could be alight and the other pouring out unburnt gas.....well not for long!

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