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While oven on range top front is very hot

Model 790. The Front Part of the Stove top above oven door reaches temps great than 175 degrees while oven on and range top is not being used.

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I do not know the unit but check if the oven vent is near the front. It is also possible the door seal on the top of the door is failing.

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SOURCE: I have a Kenmore Elite Gas Range. #790 series.

Possibly a malfunctioning electric gas valve. The electronics may be sending the message to open that valve, however it could be stuck, clogged or, worse, the electric servo that manipulates it could be fried (no pun intended).
Do you have your exact model #? {Not serial} I can research where to troubleshoot a valve problem or an electronics issue.

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SOURCE: Kemore gas range model #790: oven does not get

Hello- Sounds like lower burner ignitor is bad. Resistance should be more than 4ohms. across ignitor. Parts available locally at app. parts store for 50-75$. Fairly easy to install. - Hope this helps. Thanks- ED

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