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Oven Not Working

The ignitor glows red, but the oven will not ignite. I smell gas when the oven is turned on for more than 10 minutes. The top burners work. It is a Whirlpool model # SF315PEMB1 I am have the same stove and same problem, but there is a orange/red glow on the bottom. Broiler nor oven is heating.

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Your igitor mat be glowing but it is not generating the proper amps to ignite the gas. The proper solution is to replace the oven igniter

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    how much are they ? can i do it myself ?

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