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From: BobK (
Subject:         Re: Is this normal operation?
Date: August 30, 2005 at 12:07 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Is this normal operation? posted by Adenosine on August 30, 2005 at 8:56 am:

I think that the pressure regulator should be pointing to the picture of the pressure cooker with the lid on for the full pressure. For no pressure then it should be pointing to the 0.

That doesn't sound to normal to me. I am trying to remember how my Tfal pressure cookers worked with the developed weight. I think that you should have
no venting of steam until full pressure is reached. At and when just maintaining full pressure you should occasionally get a burst of steam. When the heat is to high on the stove you will eventually get a full flow of steam.

I think that as internal pressure falls the pressure regulator should fall and provide a complete seal and not let any steam out until zero pressure is reached. From the picture that you posted look at the vent pipe top lip to make sure it is smooth, if it has a nick in it this will let steam escape prematurely. Look into the hole of the pressure regulator to make sure that it is perfectly clean. Try soaking it in soapy water for a bit then take a q-tip and clean it out to see if you remove anything. I don't know if you can assemble the pressure regulator in more than one way, usually these things are designed so you can't, but the raised part of the top of the regulator (the arrow thing) should be pointed towards the handle of the pressure cooker. Make sure everything is meticulously clean on the regulator. I don't know what else to suggest.

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