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Magic Chef Oven won't light

My Magic Chef oven won't light. Lately it has taken much longer to turn on (as long as 4-5 minutes) but I didn't think anything of it. Today it wouldn't light at all but filled the kitchen with gas. Tried it one more time: saw a yellowish light towards the back of the oven, but again, smelled gas & turned it off. My husband is fairly handy with fixing things & we were wondering if this is something we can fix or if we need a service call.

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  • ko220 Oct 02, 2007

    Piranha: Your solution is exactly what the oven repair guy said was going on. He is coming today to replace the ignitor. Hopefully, that will solve it. He said it's better to fix an old oven than to get a new one, since they are making the new ones cheaper. I don't know about that, but it's definitely cheaper to fix ours! And with regard to the second question by SusanP: I don't know anything about ovens, but yours sounds very dangerous. I'd get it looked at right away.

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    my oven wont light,i see a little glow at the bottom of the oven but still no fire

  • ko220 Oct 13, 2008

    Hi, cwsimon74:

    It was about $135.00, which was a good price from a reliable independent stove guy. When I researched getting a new oven, in order to get a nice one with all the features I already have, I was getting into the $750-$800 range. The guy came and fixed it - took about 30 minutes, and it's working better than ever a year later. One little note: you might want to have your vacuum ready for when he pulls the oven out to fix it. That's a place I never clean, and you'd be surprised at the stuff that falls back there!!! :)



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Your oven bake ignitor is becoming defective. Even though it is glowing, the resistance is not great enough to "pop" the gas valve open and is slowly seeping gas into the oven cavity. With a strong ignitor, the oven should light within 30-45 seconds. Because this is a gas oven, I DO NOT RECOMMEND FIXING IT YOURSELF. Call an experienced technician.

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I have the same prob!!! what did it cost to have the guy come and replace the ignitor???

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