Author Topic: Must a gas range be vented to the outside?  (Read 11325 times)

Offline shawnhannan

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Must a gas range be vented to the outside?
« on: November 14, 2009, 09:32:38 PM »
Our CO/gas detector alarmed last week, indicating the presence of gas in the house.  My wife called the local gas company in Houston, which dispatched someone to have a look.  He said our Kenmore gas range was improperly vented, slapped a "CAUTION: DO NOT USE" sticker on it, and closed the gas supply valve.

I believe this model is considered "freestanding," though in our case it's slid into a countertop.  There is no wall behind this portion of the countertop, nor are there cabinets (or hood, or anything at all) above the cooktop.  So it's pretty much "freestanding," except there are cabinets and countertop on both sides.

I've spent a few days now asking people their opinions on this.  I'm having a hard time finding anyone to back up the assertion that this range is not properly vented.  A home builder has told me there is no requirement in the local building code that a range be vented to the outside.  I called Kenmore, which denied any of its ranges need to be vented outside as far as they're concerned.  I went back and looked at my home inspection report (we bought the house in August), and the inspector found "no defects" with regard to the range.

I hadn't noticed it before, but it turns out there's a ventilation conduit running through our cabinets from the range to the outside, as if the side of the range might have an exhaust vent on it--but this range doesn't have a vent there.  Is that something that older ranges had?

Can someone clear this up for me?  Do gas ranges need to be vented at all?  I'm thinking all the gas is burned in the process of cooking--there is no gas that needs to be vented to the outside while you cook.  So what was that conduit for?  To remove excess HEAT?

Is it possible this particular range isn't supposed to be confined within a counter, so that's a problem?  I mean, is it the case that any range that's going to be slid into a counter will have a vent on the side?

I'm confident enough that there isn't a problem that we've turned the gas back on and have used the range a little bit the past couple of days.  I think the CO/gas detector is defective, frankly.  But now it's opened a can of worms and I have to figure out what to do with them.  :)

Thanks in advance!

Shawn

Model 790.36693507
« Last Edit: November 15, 2009, 02:03:00 PM by Al Capone »

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Re: Must a gas range be vented to the outside?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2009, 09:38:30 PM »
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I think the CO/gas detector is defective, frankly.

Then buy another detector, problem solved. :)

What does your owners manual say about venting the stove?

Please post the full model number so I can look up the owners manuals to see what it says.

The full model number is on the model/serial number tag that is located on the stove.

The 790 is only the first three digits of the full model number. There are eight more after the 790.

Offline shawnhannan

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Re: Must a gas range be vented to the outside?
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2009, 01:30:17 PM »
Thanks, WhirlpoolTech.  I definitely intend to replace the detector.  But it's too late in the sense that my wife and mother-in-law are now shaken up, and I'm trying to reassure them that everything's fine.  Of course, if we really do need to vent to the outside, I want to know that.

The rest of the model number is .36693507.

Thanks again,

...Shawn

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Re: Must a gas range be vented to the outside?
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2009, 02:03:28 PM »
I updated the topic to include the complete model number information, thanks!
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Re: Must a gas range be vented to the outside?
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2009, 06:34:03 AM »
No mention of venting from the Frigidaire Kenmore 790.36693507  Installation Instructions

Never use your range for warming or heating the
room. Prolonged use of the range without adequate
ventilation can be dangerous.

Get a CO detector with a digital readout.

That will let you know if you're close to alarm conditions without the Range, and if adding the Range, is just tripping the limit.

click on picture


OR at http://www.amazon.com/Kidde-KN-COPP-3-Nighthawk-Monoxide-Battery/dp/B00002N86A
« Last Edit: November 16, 2009, 06:57:39 AM by RegUS_PatOff »
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Offline shawnhannan

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Re: Must a gas range be vented to the outside?
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009, 10:57:17 PM »
Thanks RegUS_PatOff and thanks again, WhirlpoolTech.  The CO detector you chose as a sample is very similar to the one I have.  Mine is also a Nighthawk--but it doesn't give a digital readout with values, just words like "gas," "batt," and so on.  I like the idea of having one with numbers so you have a better idea of what it's sensing.

. . .Shawn

 

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