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Hello, I have a Frigidaire Range stove Model #FGF378WCCD. The oven ignitor heats but the oven doesn't light up and we smell no gas. What can it be?

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    Does this range take two ignitors for the oven or just one? I know there is on for the broiler.

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Oven ignitors get weak with age. They may glow, but need to reach a certain amperage draw threshold in order for the gas safety valve to open. Replace the oven ignitor part number 316001810. (note: low voltage can also affect the amperage draw, and thus the ignition, but is not very common a problem.)

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If the ignitor may glow but if it isn't turning almost white it is not getting hot enough to open valve ,,,,, make sure it glows very bright and if not replace it / larry

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