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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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  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2007

    Oven temp. 25 to 75 degrees low depending on setting and will not cook meat at setting.

  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2007

    The oven won't consistanly heat. Sometines, I have to turn the broiler on then quick switch to bake and then it will work.The oven will work one day but not the next.Sometimes it heats up but doesn't stay hot.

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2008

    Oven will not reach proper temperature when turned on

  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2008

    after oven cleaning, it doesn't bake anymore. temperature quickly goes to 115* and stops. everything else is functioning OK

  • Anonymous Sep 21, 2008

    oven won't heat at all.

  • jamicasto Oct 08, 2008

    My Oven is the same way one day it will work the other it will not.
    It will heat for a couple of minutes then not at all..Its driving me crazy...

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    oven will not heat up

  • JRomulus Dec 25, 2008

    Top oven works, bottom oven will not light.

    3 weeks old. First time it's had this problem. Model 8890, small oven on top, convection oven on bottom, Freestanding model

  • tdogg2735 May 04, 2009

    i bought a new ignitor and the oven still will not heat up



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

Posted on Oct 10, 2007


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