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Amp draw my brand new oven glow bar igniter is only drawing 2.5 Amps, but after about 20 seconds, the gas comes on the oven lites shortly after the safety valve opens, in like 1-2 seconds. The glow bar continues to glow bright after burner is lit. While burner is going, igniter Volts stay at 115-116V and Amps stay at 2.5 Amps. The new igniter came with data sheet that says it should range between 3.3-3.6 Amps on the instructions that came with it. Should igniter glow/get power while the burner is going? It stops glowing after the burner turns off in it's cycling. I don't want to burn out my new igniter, like the first one. I'm wondering: could low amperage damage the igniter enough to eventually put a white crack through it and stop working, like the first replacement igniter. I am on my second try after what is thought to be "defective" igniter. I may have handled it too roughly, and I know for sure that I touched the glowbar element that broke, trying to make sure there were no cracks, and later finding out this was a BIG NO NO and could be the reason why the new igniter burned out. Could there be a problem with the "timer" which, I think, is the name of the small plastic box shaped thing that the igniter hooks up to?

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Sounds like it is working as designed. Igniters should last fro several years but can crack at any time.

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Doubt that the glow plug is bad. Gas only needs about 1100 degree F. to ignite using the glow plug method. It really seems as if there may be no gas getting to the burner. If there is no flame, you should be able to smell gas. If there is no gas smell, then I would look for the obvious such as: is the gas turned on?, Does the gas valve on the unit have a safety that is tripped? and so on. A new gas valve may be in order but make sure that it is receiving the proper voltage when the glow plug is on. Lastly, there may be a safety that is malfunctioning. If the unit does not light within a given time, the safety will "Lock Out" the unit so the place doesn't fill up with gas.
Hope this helps and good luck.

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The easiest way to check the ignitor is to observe it. Remove the small access panel in front, select a high temperature setting and start the dryer. Watch the burner assembly, shortly after starting the dryer the ignitor should begin to glow or spark. If you see it glow or spark, then the ignitor is working. If the ignitor did not appear to function and it is the spark type, it may be out of adjustment which generally requires professional service or it may require replacement. If the ignitor is the glow type, you can test it for resistance with a multimeter.

The ignitor has two wires connected to it.Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire itself). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.

Set the multimeter to the ohms setting X1. Touch one probe to each terminal. You should get a reading anywhere between 50 and 600 ohms. If you get a reading of zero or infinity, the ignitor is definitely bad and will need to be replaced.

(((If the ignitor is optimal, this will confirm a faulty set of coils. replace them all if this is the case))).

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