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Gas oven won't heat

Just that. you turn it on, it smells funny, like partially burned natural gas, and doesn't heat to cooking temps. it got warm, but not hot enough to cook. and it doesn't show an error code.

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Re: gas oven won't heat

You most likely have a defective oven bake ignitor.  Call an experienced tecnician.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007

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