Question about Maytag CWG3100A Gas Single Oven
Comment by sheilaf, posted on Jan 09, 2008
Pilot won't light. Should I call PG&E or do you have a diagram showing me where pilot is and what I should try lighting>
I have used oven for a year (new when I moved into my apartment) and all the sudden went out. I had preheated it for a 1/2 hour and when I opened oven door there was no heat, when I opened broiler door there was no gas smell. The top burners work semi-fine as they always loose power if I use more than one burner at a time.
Please help as I have a bad fear of fires, being in one as a teenager and having to get 8 children out of the house before it burned down.
Sheila Ferretti ( or )
Most ovens, unless they have an electric igniter (does it go tick tick tick when plugged in and turned on? If so, it has an electic ignition.) have a pilot light. In order to keep gas from flowing out, and to prevent a possible explosion when the pilot light has gotten put out, they have an electric thermocouple on them that shuts off the gas when it gets cold. Plug the cord back in, and relight your pilot light by holding the lighter (I recommend a fireplace match or bbq lighter, not a cigarette lighter to prevent singed knuckle hairs!) over the thermocouple for a couple of minutes.
Posted on Nov 19, 2007
SOURCE: maytag gas oven mgr5770abb
first I would check to see if you have power (120v) at the bake igniter..when you set in to bake...use a multmeter..(when you turn on the oven to bake only the bottom igniter will come )
good luck be safe
let me know if I can help
Posted on Aug 16, 2008
The problem is with your ignitor... it is cracked and sometimes will work and sometimes not...
Here is a tip that I wrote about that...
Check it out here..
Posted on Mar 10, 2010
The problem is usually the igniter not reaching the correct amp draw .When the igniter does not reach the correct amp draw it may allow the gas valve to partially open or not open at all. The igniters are inexpensive and easy to replace. There is a video at http://appliancehelponline.com/gasoventroubleshootvideo.html this will walk you thru the correct procedure for performing this test. It may be a different model but the testing will be the same.You can also enter your model # for diagrams and illustrations of your specific model. Not all models are available. All parts come with installation instructions.
Posted on Jun 03, 2010
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We get asked this question many times.
If you light your pilot light, hold in the button and then when you release it and the pilot light goes out, generally you need a new thermocouple. Gas repairs can only be undertaken by a qualified gas technician so you can't do this job yourself.
The thermocouple is a safety device that recognises that the pilot has a good flame and is enough to ignite the main burners. The thermocouple open that valve to the burner.
In limited circumstances the thermocouple doesn't need replacing, either the shield that aims the flame to the thermocouple has become dislodged, or the pilot jet is a little blocked by debris. Either way, having the appliance serviced by a qualified gas fitter is the way to go. I am sure you will have seen news stories about explosions caused by gas leaks and faulty appliances.
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