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Oven does not light up when turning on.

Have a gas Maytag oven with new style fuel efficient burners. Oven has stopped lighting up. I can see the ignitor burns bright, but it does not light the rest of the way.

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  • discountprin Jan 18, 2009

    Thank you for your info. How would I check the ignitor? Should I disconnect and then put an amp meter in and turn on like firing up. Obviously should shut gas supply off while trying.

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Those ignitors have to draw between 3.2 to 3.5 amps if only 2.9 will still glow but not enough.that said,has any one cleaned latley and shut the supply valve to the oven safty valve by accident.ive had that one before too.if not need new ignitor.In Gods service,tom

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