The oven doesnot light, nor do i have any gas smell when trying. The igniter does glow. The broiler does ignite. The top burners ignite. I can't seem to find any schematics out there that actually match my model. The gas valve has 1 inlet, 3 outlets. I suspect the top burners have another valve either under the cook top or behind the unit.. When I Ohm either set of contacts on the valve that serves the oven and broiler, I get only 1.1 ohms on both sets.
Summary - I suspect that the valve is bad, but was reading that the igniter could be weak?? I also do not know if perhaps that the igniter does not get hot enough(or draw enough current), that the gas valve won't have enough current to open???
Any help would be appreciated...
Burners work without a problem--broiler works but oven burner does not light--if I keep the oven selector switch on long enough (over 2 minutes), I will get a minor explosion in the oven. I have a GE XL44 self cleaning range.
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Sounds like a sticking gas valve or a defective hot surface igniter. Open the broiler drawer or remove the bottom cover in the oven compartment. The oven usually has a hot surface igniter or a spark igniter. Turn on the oven and watch for the hot surface igniter to start glowing. It should glow very bright. Once it is glowing the burner gas should come on. If you hear the gas come on it should light right away. If there is any delay shut off the oven and stay back. Let the gas clear out then inspect the area near the igniter and make sure the burner is not plugged(the little holes may have debris in them). If you turn on the oven and the igniter comes,glows brightly,no gas is heard but you can smell gas it is either a blocked burner orfice/assembly or sticking gas control valve. Try giving the burner and gas control valve a tap and see if it comes on. If you tap the control valve and it starts working then shut of the oven and try it several times. If it starts to come on and off now you may have cleared whatever debris was causing the problem. If it does it again then it could be the control valve or a weak hot surface igniter. The igniter can be tested with a ohm meter. Most of the time when I get this complaint it is the oven control valve that is sticking. Be very careful when doing these procedures....gas can build up in the oven compartment very quicky and flash if ignited. Always have the gas shut off valve at the back of the range within reach and the electrical outlet in case you need to unplug it.
I had the same problem and swapped the oven igniter with the broiler igniter and the oven now works. This proved the oven igniter itself was the fault, now I have to replace the broiler igniter with a new one(which is much easier to get to).
FYI: An igniter may glow red and still not allow the oven to work. The igniter has to draw a certain amount of electrical current for the main gas valve to open.
Most likely a hot-surface ignitor has failed. If it doesn't consume enough current, the gas valve won't open. It's usually a fairly easy fix, once you gain access to the ignitor and have a new one to replace it with. Make sure you unplug the range...