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Our 12year old Amana gas oven has a gas leak smell when we turn the oven on. The ignitor starts up and lights the gas, the oven heats up, but still smells of gas. We turn it off of course. I wonder if it is the ignitor. Also, two of the top burners will no longer ignite, they can be lite by a match. I would say time for another range but it's in great shape otherwise. Can these problems be fixed?
Staunch has no idea what he is talking about. It has nothing to do with the igniter, or it would fire up at all. Since you are saying that your oven does ignite and heat up, it is the internal gas valve that is the problem.
The way all recent (20 year at least) are designed, the gas valve internally can not open unless the igniter is working, for obvious reasons ... boom! The igniter circuit allows the gas valve to open, once it detects that the igniter is ready to "ignite" a gas flow. BUT, the valve can be bad in the AMOUNT of gas being delivered. Your's is allowing too much gas, more than can be burned, hence the smell.
DON'T use the oven until you have a qualitifed tech come out and replace the valve. It is very dangerous for you to do it yourself.
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
If you only get a gas smell when you turn on the oven then it is not likely you have a gas leak- the ignitor resistance drops as it heats up and when it drops low enough the main gas valve opens and the gas ignites from the hot ignitor. If however you have a gas smell all the time and have to shut off the main gas valve (at the flex line) then you have a problem. Not sure where you are located but here in the bay area (CA) our local utility company will come out and do a leak check for you gratis. As for the burners not lighting- do you see a spark at the burner you are trying to light? If so, the burner is dirty. If you don't here a clicking sound when you turn the know the igniter switch is probably bad.
Posted on Nov 22, 2007
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