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Our oven won't heat all of the time. The pilot goes on but the oven doesn't light reliably.

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    Brett Duxbury Dec 25, 2016

    Hi Jerri Harrington, we want to help you with your question, but we need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?
    Do you hold in the special lever or pull on the lever to light it ? Usually gas ovens have a lever near the bottom near the front of oven.
    This is to make it hard to stick your head in the oven and turn on the gas .
    ( not applicable to electric ovens )
    Are you turning the temperature knob to maximum temperature. ?
    Are you holding or pulling this lever for thirty seconds after the burners are lit ?
    Do you have a user manual ?
    do you have a make and model name or number ?

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adjust the flame so that it stays on the thremal couple and keeps it hot if it is off by 1/4 inch it will not work.

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Several things to check. First be sure the pilot light flame is directly striking the thermocouple. It is a pencil sized rod that is next to the pilot light. Sometimes people reduce the size of the pilot flame to save gas. You may need to increase the pilot flame. Follow the small gas line from the pilot flame back to the gas valve. There is a screw where the small pilot gas line goes into the valve. Remove the screw and then deep in the hole is a tiny screw that can only be reached by a tiny flat blade screw driver. Turn the screw counter clockwise to increase the pilot flame. The thermocouple needs to be red hot to work properly. The second item to check is to see if there are any breezes that occasionally blow through the kitchen. Sometimes the hood fan will draw air under the ovens and actually blow the pilot flame out. Same fix, increase the flame. You may also experience low gas pressure to the appliance during heavy usage. You would need a manometer gauge to check for proper gas pressure. In short, if the oven goes out during your busiest time when everything gas powered is on, the oven may be starved for gas.

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Usually one in the oven area and one for each burner. (Sometimes shared between two burners.)
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This allows you to adjust pilot light up or down, thereby letting you set pilot light flame to a level that doesn't get blown out by a draft...or you can turn it off completely.

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The thermocouple itself may be burned out. It happens. It's an internal part of the gas valve so, no, you can't just change the thermocouple bulb separate from the gas valve.
But when you turn on the oven or the thermostat calls for heat, the pilot flame gets bigger and jumps down so it can heat up the thermocouple bulb. This extra gas to increase the pilot flame size comes from the thermostat.
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does it light then immediately go out? if yes, usually you have to hold in a button to allow gas to flow while you light the pilot, and hold this button until the therm0-couple is heated with the pilot flame. If the thermo-couple is not sufficiently heated and you let go of this button, the pilot light will go out as the safety circuit thinks there's no flame and unburned gas is entering the oven.

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