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Kenmore gas oven broiler.

S/N 91130469791.Oven works, broiler will not ignite. I plug igniter into wall socket & it will glow. Mounted in oven it won't get hot. Any help would be appreciated.
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Sounds like the relat for the ignitor isnt closing on the control board. take the back panel off and turn the broil on then on the control board test the broil tab to ground. (it should be labled.) you should have 120 coming out of the control. if you do not replace the control.

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