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Smelling gas but not lighting

I have a tappen gas stove, and when I turn on the oven to bake I smell gas and my oven will not light. I see the red glow like it's trying to light but nothing is happening. What do I do?

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I've had ignitors fail that way, they don't always just burn into an open circuit. I'd advise replacing it. 

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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What is the Make,year ,and Model number of your range?

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