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Flame coming out of Dacor oven during broiling

The oven is 9 years old, running on propane. Twice, in the last two months, we set the oven to broil and then, when we opened the door to put food in, flames came out at the top of the door. Then, it settled down and worked as normal. Seems like I have a pilot light or incomplete combustion problem. The oven has not been cleaned in a long time, so I'm thinking that running it through the self-cleaning cycle might fix this problem (burning away some residue that is impacting its operation). Any thoughts?

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  • gene_bowles Apr 23, 2009

    Well, I put the oven thru the self-clean cycle, which worked just fine and cleaned it up nicely. Now, the broiler unit (which uses propane) just doesn't work at all. When I set the oven in broil mode, I can see a small brightly lit electric heating element go on in the back ( I assume is a pilot light), but the main broiler unit does not heat up. Seems like the earlier problems were an indication of pending failure.

    What next? Is there some way for me to diagnose this problem further myself?


  • gene_bowles Apr 23, 2009

    Your proposed solution appears to apply to a broiler with an electrical heating element. Mine is a propane gas fueled element.

  • gene_bowles May 01, 2009

    No. I had to leave town for a few days. Also, I was waiting for a reply from you as to whether the igniter is reasonably modular and easily replaced or is it complicated and requires a professional.

    Gene


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The igniter for the broiler is bad and needs to be replaced. They will do this after so many uses.

You should be able to get a new one locally or cheaper at a website like appliancepartspros.com

Let me know if you have any more questions on this or need help finding the part.



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Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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    Did you ever get around to replacing the igniter?

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    Benjamin Patri May 01, 2009

    You should be able to replace it. It doesn't require too much work or skills

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Hi

The first thing that should be done is self-cleaning. If it still gives you the same issue then this is probably the most common way for an oven element to go bad....a spot in the element gets weak ( may even glow brighter in that spot before the element actually quits ) and blows a hole through itself and the outer shell.

Please do accept the solution and revert for further assistance.

Thanks
Rylee

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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    Rylee Smith Apr 23, 2009

    Hi!



    You need to check the element first for which remove the element from the oven, check across the terminals of the element for continuity. Depending on the manufacturer of the element, you will normally read between 19 ohms and 115 ohms, with an ohm meter. To see if the element is grounded, read between each side of the element terminals to the sheath of the element. If you read continuity, the element is grounded and should be replaced.


    To replace element please disconnect the power first.



    Then remove oven racks by removing the mounting screws from the element mounting plate which are located against the back wall of the oven liner.





    Now pull defective element away from the back of the oven wall as far as the wire will allow and if the wires too short, disconnect the wires from the element at the back of the oven.



    Remove wire lead screws from the element.



    Replace the element and reconnect the leads ( if only two wires going to the element, it does not matter which goes on left or right wire terminal ).



    Tuck surplus wire behind insulation.



    Line up holes and reinstall new element using existing screws.



    Please do accept the solution and revert for further assistance.

    Thanks
    Rylee


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