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Oven inop I was having some work done to my floor and had to move the oven. Well when it was moved on of the connection on the back came loose and was touching another. When I went to plug it back there was a spark. The ciruit breaker kicked but the oven still won't come back on.

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Re: oven inop

Something has fused (broken) along the power line into the oven. Use an ohmmeter (power off) and check continuity along every possible power path (wire) until you find an OPEN ohms condition.

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Will just replacing the oven element fix my Kenmore model 911.955879range oven? It sparked, broke in two and a white flame continued going around the element, wouldn't stop I had to shut breaker off.

Hello Jennifer;

My name is peter. I am a retired field service appliance technician.

Good for you - turning off the breaker.

You have a older oven. Usually there is a spark or crack in the oven element. In your case the element was so embrittled it broke into 2 pieces.

Before you use the top range burners to be on the safe side you need to disconnect the oven element. You may have damaged the oven control board to where it is locked into power for the oven.

25713262-01ium3bsyoj5ql4fhv4kpwvp-4-0.jpg 1.) Remove the bottom drawer to reduce weight.
2.) Put a rug on the floor in front of the oven, so when you pull the oven out it does not scratch the floor.
3.) Pull the oven out so you can get behind it.
4.) Unplug the unit.
5.) Remove the back bottom cover.
6.) Disconnect the heating element and remove from oven.
7.) Rap the two loose element connections in the back with electrical tape.
8.) Follow the element loose connection to the control board at the top. Disconnect at the oven control board.
9.) Inspect the loose wiring from the control board to the heating element for burns or melting.
10.) Plug the oven back in and turn on the range burners.

The part number for the oven element is WB44T10014. Sears wants about $95.00 for this part. Search the internet for this part number and get it for about $28.00.

Your oven control board may have become damaged. Recently I replace one for a friend. Sears wanted $256.00. I got a remanufactured board over the internet for $30.00.

Get back to me and let me know what is going on.

May 25, 2015 | Kitchen Ranges

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Electronic control panel not responding to input

Have you moved this stove and dropped it or bumped it hard. I would pull the back panel and check the connections first, it may be loose or some grease built up.

Mar 10, 2015 | Kitchen Ranges

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Oven will not relight

Hi. This is quite common with gas ranges of this nature. I will list the most common culprits below:

1. Gas valve coil assembly malfunction(Most likely culprit)
2. Ignition Faults(damaged ignitor)
3. Oven temperature sensor faults(unable to read oven temp)
4. Main logic board or PCB damage(Control board issues)

I would advise to unplug the unit for five minutes. This will induce a hard reset that will reset the main board. Once this is done, plug or reintroduce power to the unit and try to preform a normal baking session. observe the ovens actions. If the faults persist, Start your troubleshooting by checking the sensor(oven temp sensor) for faults. Make sure that the contacts are connected properly, and not loose, or corroded. If all the wiring checks out, test the sensor for the correct resistance readings.(you will need a multimeter for this test).

The most common oven sensors should be approximately 1100 ohms at room temperature. Other temperatures are as follows:

100F - 1143 ohms
200F - 1350 ohms
300F - 1553 ohms

(You will essentially want to test it at room temp)

The sensor is, generally, located inside the oven, mounted on the back wall, on the top right, or left corner. There will be two screws holding the housing on the back of the oven wall. Once the screws are removed, the sensor will need to be extracted from the back side of the unit.

If the sensor checks out ok and the wiring is connected without any faults, move on to the other areas of concern. I will list the other procedures below.

Oct 26, 2011 | Hotpoint RGB745 Gas Kitchen Range

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Oven wont light

This can be caused by a weak/inop hot surface igniter or a defective gas control valve.

One thing that you can try(be very careful doing this) is to give the gas control valve a light tap with something hard like a wrench when the oven is turned on and the igniter is glowing but the burner is not on. You will need to remove the broiler/storage drawer at the bottom of the oven. Once you pull the drawer out you should see the gas control valve at the back of the range. Try turning on the oven and lightly tapping the valve housing after the igniter is fully on. This may loosen up any debris inside the control valve housing that might be causing the problem. If the oven burner comes on then try completely turning the oven on and back of several times. And when I say completely I mean turn it on after the igniter is not glowing and burner has shut off. This works about 30% of the time. If the burner control valve sticks again after trying this procedure(burner does not come on) then it could be the control valve and/or the hot surface igniter defective. The hot surface igniter would need to be disconnected from it's harness and tested with an OHM meter. Most igniters should have a 500 to 700 OHM reading. If you get a reading that is way off then the igniter is defective and replace it. If the igniter tests good then the gas control valve is suspect and replace it. Most appliance parts retailers will test your igniter for free. When the igniter is on it should glow very brightly. If it is dim then that is a sure sign it is bad. You can also verify that the oven run-away valve is not closed. This valve will be located at the back bottom of the range at the gas regulator. There will be a tab on the regulator housing where the gas pipe goes to the oven. This tab will lift up to close gas flow to the oven. Sometimes these valves can stick causing the oven to stop working. You can try moving this tab back and forth to see if it loosens any debris in the valve. Move the valve while the oven is on and you will be able to hear the burner come on after moving the valve if that was the problem.

Remember be very careful doing any of these procedures. Good luck and have a safe holiday.

Jul 04, 2010 | Tappan TGF320 Gas Kitchen Range

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We had our oven in the garage for 20 hrs while we replaced the flooring. Now the oven doesn't work just the range. Why?

You probably knocked the element loose when you moved it. You failed to say gas or electric so I am presuming electric when I say this.

Thanks for your interest in

Feb 16, 2010 | Kitchen Ranges

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The oven door will not open after cleaning, and the oven cleaning has been done for over 1 hour? How can I get the door open?

Unplug the unit or shut off the circuit breaker for 5 minutes. Plug the unit back in or turn on the circuit breaker. Set the clock and gently try moving the door lock lever (is so equipped) or opening the door.
Set the self-clean cycle again and only allow it to work for 15 minutes. Cancel the self-clean cycle and allow the oven to cool. Gently try moving the door lock lever (is so equipped) or opening the door.
If these procedures fail to correct the condition, the lock must usually be accessed and moved manually to open the door.
Some model ovens require the oven door to be manually unlatched before the controls are returned to the OFF position or else the door may not be able to be unlocked. Check the owner's manual for proper operating procedures.

Sep 16, 2009 | Kitchen Ranges

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Maytag gas oven won't light

After moving my oven out of the room to lay a floor, the oven wouldn't work when I put it back. Everything else worked (top burners, broiler).
I spent much time here and elsewhere on line trying to get enough knowledge to at least diagnose the problem, if not fix it. There is nothing worse than not knowing what is wrong when the repair guy comes, because you are then at their mercy, and some of them are less than merciful!
I took it apart, observed how the broiler worked, and assumed logically that the oven should work similarly.
The igniter on the bottom/oven part seemed slightly further away from the gas tube than the broiler igniter did. I just touched it and it moved!
As it turned out, the bracket that holds it in place had become jarred when I moved it, and had moved almost imperceptibly away from the gas tube.
This tiny difference was enough that the ignition didn't take place. Instead, after 4 clicks, the igniter shut off, a safety issue built into it, I suppose.
I attached the igniter to the gas tube with wire, readjusted and tightened the clamp, and Bob's your uncle, i have my oven back!
So, I guess the 'tip" is to simply make sure the igniter is close enough to the gas tube to actually ignite the gas.
As any repairman will tell you, the order to check things out in should always start with the simplest thing first!

May 26, 2008 | Kitchen Ranges

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Tappan Gas Range Oven Will Not Light

probable displaced burner assembly, faulty flame failure device or blocked burner or jet. Regards Engineer

Jul 20, 2007 | Tappan TGF320 Gas Kitchen Range

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