How do I light the oven on a gas stove
If this is a newer stove (that does not have a pilot light...and most newer stoves don't), you shouldn't have to light the oven manually (if you think you need to, you have a faulty stove). Manual ignition of a stove is also potentially dangerous as larger amounts of gas in the oven can cause small explosions. Most modern gas stoves use a very hot glowbar to both regulate the amount of gas entering the oven and igniting that gas. If you have a faulty glowbar, it will not allow enough gas to enter the oven and may not be hot enough to ignite the little gas that does enter (that is why you may smell gas). It sound like you may need to replace the glowbar (or visually inspect the glowbar to see if it gets red hot. If it does, it may still be faulty (not drawing enough power). The only way to test this is to use a clamp-on ampmeter and test the current flow through the wires feeding the glowbar. They should read between 3.1 and 3.7 amps. Anything lower means the glowbar should be replace. If you cannot see the glowbar get red hot, you have an electrical problem or a circuit board problem.
Jul 11, 2009 |
Maytag CWG3600A Gas Single Oven