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From: BobK (
Subject: Re: problem with fagor--help?
Date: January 30, 2004 at 1:56 pm PST

In Reply to: problem with fagor--help? posted by Susan C on January 29, 2004 at 6:19 pm:

What I would do is:

Make sure that you are tightening the knob tight enough, refer to the manual for what they say.

Check to the best of your ability to see that the body is still round, the cooker body may have been dropped and had the body distorted.

Try to look across the top of the body where the sealing ring goes to see if the metal top is flat and level, if not the cooker probably can't be salvaged.

From your description I assume that there is a curved metal bar that goes over the lid and slides into two catches, one on either side of the cooker body. I would make sure that these catches are clean, i.e. that there isn't a crushed bean or something like that on the bottom of one of those catches. You can tell by looking.

Check the lid for flatness by placing it on something really flat like a kitchen counter top and see if there is any motion side to side in any direction, not just one direction. The lid may have become distorted by dropping, or quick release of pressure(which should be okay). Make sure there are no small dents and that the lid is perfectly smooth and clean by looking closely at it and running a finger along the edge.

Make sure the sealing ring seat is spotlessley clean and that there are no metal burs which might distort the sealing ring. Look for any uneveness where the ring goes.

I don't know this model but I have an old SEB that closes with a knob on the top and there is no permanent alignment between the pressure cooker body and lid. What I would do is to check if there is an alignment sensitivity by carefully assembling the pressure cooker (with water in the cooker)and note the alignment of lid to body and
bring the pressure up by heating the water. See and note if the cooker leaks steam. Then bring the pressure down dissassemble and rotate the lid about 1/8 of a turn clockwise and bring the pressure up and see and note if the cooker leaks steam. Repeat this process of going through the complete cycle pressure up, see and note if there is steam, pressure down remove and reinstall gasket rotate 1/8 of a turn through two complete rotations of the lid to body to see if there are any alignments where the cooker does not leak steam. By doing this twice and removing the gasket each time you are checking your installation of the gasket. (Which brings up the point - How do you know you are assembling the cooker correctly? If you have the manual you might check that for sure.)

If this fails to find the problem I am at a loss at what to do next.

Best of luck in finding the problem.

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