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Problem with oven ignition unit

When we set the temperature to start the oven, I can hear a hissing like the oven is trying to ignite. Instead of the OVEN BURNER igniting, I can hear a "poof" sound from the back on the bottom/left side of the oven. It just keeps doing this over and over Hiss,poof, hiss, poof. I don't know if this model has a pilot flame or not. Im pretty sure the oven burner is not igniting. I'm usually not afraid to try to fix most things, but, I know that messing with natural gas can lead to "undesireable" results. Any Ideas, Suggestions?
Thanks much,
Tim

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It works...But I called to have the oven checked out. Thanks, tnf

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