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I have a 30" NG gas Viking range. Oven will not ignite / operate. Broil works fine and top burners work fine. replaced oven ignitor and electric valve/seleniod that turns the gas on/off to the oven. Any suggestions

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  • Richard Bedwell May 11, 2010

    the control panal is bad.

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