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Replacing oven thermostat GE XL 44 (WGBS23WEA6WW)

Thermostat is defective, got a new one. Just wanted to ask about how much needs to be removed to replace it -- specifically threading the capillary tube into the oven

The range top front tilts up a few inches but can't pull it forward much b/c of gas connections to the burners. Do I need to disconnect the burners and spark ignitors, and set the whole range top aside?

or is there some trick to get it in, perhaps get a friend to help balance the range top while I try to thread it through into the oven cavity?

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  • icaneatapeac Nov 27, 2008

    thank you very much for the quick reply, I'll give that a try.



    And you are correct, I don't know how typed a J as a W, but the correct model is



    JGB23WEA6WW

  • icaneatapeac Nov 27, 2008

    ah



    JGBS23WEA6WW

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I cannot look up the part diag. for the model you provided( no model exests), but for the most part, its a mater of unscrewing the burner heads fromthe maintop to allow yo to lift teh top further back, by lifting without uinscrewing them, you runn the chance of kinking/ loosing the gas fittings leading to them. In which case yooull wind up unscrewing htem anyway to repair the leak. As far as the capillary tube, it shoud push right through te opening in cavity where old one comes out

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