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Gas stove oven ignitor comes on intermttently on it's own,without starting burner

I have worked on gas stoves for over 25 years and have never seen this occur. customer claimed oven would not ignite burner and would smell gas. normally replacing the ignitor does the trick. the ignitor is a direct replacement ordered from g.e. . can you suggest what the cause may be?

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Hi thanks for the question did you replace the ig niter if you did not . replace it the igniter does not get hot enough to ignite the gas replace it thanks the appliance doc

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