Question about Kitchen Ranges
If you are having ignition problems with one of the oven manifolds (bake or broil), it may be a simple matter of a weak or bad igniter. If BOTH manifolds were experiencing the same problem, you would potentially have a bad regulator or electronic oven control (EOC) board. The EOC controls all your oven features.
These igniters do wear out due to frequency of use and need replaced from time to time.
The igniter typically goes bad in one of two ways, the igniter either stops glowing completely, or becomes weak over time and doesn’t produce enough current to open the gas safety valve [in this case the igniter will still glow but the oven still won’t light]. Longer ignition times can be another symptom of an igniter possibly going bad.
For a bad igniter . Follows these steps:
However The same method applies to both the broiler and bake manifold.
UNPLUG the range and turn the gas off if you have a local gas cut-out
Open oven door and remove (if possible). Refer to your owner’s manual to see if there are instructions on how to remove the oven door. Some have spring-loaded locking hinges, while others just lift out. If you cannot figure out how to remove the oven door, use care not to lean on the door or put too much weight on it. A common complaint following any kind of oven maintenance is that the oven door doesn’t shut correctly any longer. This is usually caused by bending the hinges or springs coming loose.
1. Remove the oven racks, and remove the oven pan. (There are usually two screws either in the back or front of the oven holding the pan in place).
2. Remove the Flame Spreader. This is a metal plate on top of the manifold.
3. The igniter will be mounted directly to the gas manifold. Follow the wires that lead to igniter. It will either be plugged into a connector, or be connected together with ceramic wire lugs. Your replacement igniter should come with extra ceramic wire lugs. In the event the plug does not match the one on your range, cut the wires and connect using the ceramic wire lugs. DO NOT use standard wire lugs, they are not heat resistant and will melt.
4. Unplug the old igniter and remove the mounting screw holding it to the gas manifold.
5. Install new igniter on gas manifold using care not to handle the element on the igniter with your hands. The oil from your hands can cause damage and/or premature failure. The igniter is also considered FRAGILE.
6. Reconnect the wires using the recommendations mentioned in Step 5.
7. Plug in the range, turn the gas valve back on and do a visual test by setting the oven temperature to the desired range. Allow 30 – 90 seconds for the igniter to light the gas. Turn oven off and allow sufficient time to cool. If the oven has only been lit for a minute or so, the cool down period will be brief.
8.Reinstall the flame spreader, oven pan, and racks. Reinstall door if necessary.
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Posted on Dec 10, 2009
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