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Oven will not heat up.

My oven will not heat up. The ignitor does not glow red and gas does not turn on. The ignitor on the broiler works and the broiler heats up, but the lower burner for the oven is not working. Any ideas on how I can test to eliminate parts? Thanks

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  • Eric Erb Dec 13, 2006


    Thanks for your help. I switched the wires on the control board and the broiler will turn on when the oven is set to bake. This should prove out to be the ignitor. Unfortunately the two ignitors have different electrical connectors so they are not interchangeable without cutting off the old ends and putting on matching ones.
    I ordered the part and should have it on Thursday or Friday. I will post back and let you know if everything worked.

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    Oven won't heat up or broiler does not work

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    Broiler does not work either

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Eerb, most likley your ignitor failed. When you turn the oven on to bake you should hear a relay click on the electronic control (clock). You can do a couple of things here. If you have a ohmmeter the ignitor should ohm out at between 50 and 150 ohms. You can physically swap out the bake and broil ignitors to see if the ignitor comes on in bake. Or you can swap the bake and broil wires on the board. They should be marked BA and BR. This way when you turn on bake, the broil ignitor should glow and verify you have power going to it. Carefull when testing, be sure to kill power to the range before any changes. back

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I would also suggest you see if you can smell gas to confirm that the gas supply valve is actually opening up. With the oven door closed, turn on the broiler and after 20-30 seconds of having the ignitor glowing red, turn off the broiler control and open the door and see if you can smell gas, if not it could be either a weak ignitor or a faulty gas control valve.

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