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Oven will not ignite (Magic Chef)

The top burners work, but the igniter will not light to heat the oven.

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  • odie30 Jan 14, 2009

    Top Burners light but the oven will not. and I also smelled gas for a little while but has since stopped

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Change your hot surface ignitor

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