Question about GE Profile Spectra JGBP79 Gas Kitchen Range
My burners work, the digital display works, but no heating in the oven cavity. I don't smell gas. Help, what could it be? I just would like to know before I call repairman so I don't look so 'dumb woman'.
I would love step by step instructions, as my husband is on the floor behind the oven trying to figure it out now. He is starting by removing the entire back panel of the oven, assuming he will then be able to access the ignitor for the broiler and swap it with the bottom one. We can't afford to replace the part now and rarely ever use the broiler, so we are trying this method. Thanks a billion!
Posted on Nov 03, 2008
Is the problem associated with the BAKE feature, the BROIL feature, or BOTH? If only one of the oven features is not working, more than likely you have a bad igniter. Your range uses a glow bar type igniter to ignite gas. The igniter begins to glow and once it reaches a certain current potential, the gas valve opens and ignites the gas. This is a built-in safety feature of the oven that prevents free flowing gas from being allowed to accumulate with no ignition. This keeps gas build up from occurring in your home and creating an unsafe living environment. This is probably why you don't smell any gas. The stove is actually doing what it's designed to do. Now...if you could post back with an EXACT model number (located somewhere around the openings of the lower oven drawer or oven door) I can narrow down which igniter your stove uses. The price ranges from $52-$64.
This is actually a simple job that the average consumer can do on their own. This repair normally runs about $200 or higher if you have an appliance repair company to it for you. They typically charge more for the part and charge for labor. If you wish to pursue the repair on your own, I can provide you with step-by-step instructions. Let me know if you need further assistance.
If NEITHER oven feature is working, this may be a problem with your Electronic Range Control (ERC) board (sometimes called an Electronic Oven Control, EOC). There's usually an error code associated with a board failure, however. I say USUALLY - this is not always conclusive on every model. Let me know if any of the symptoms I've explained can narrow down where your problem may be.
PS It is common for the igniters to still glow and be bad. They become weak over a period of time and simply do not draw the necessary current to open the gas valve. So...if you see the igniter still glowing and wonder why, this is the case. It also depends upon the frequency of use. This is why the BAKE feature typically goes bad before the BROIL feature. They each have separate igniters and the most people bake more than they broil.
Posted on Jan 18, 2008
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