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Kemore Gas oven - trouble igniting

Hi, We have a Kenmore Gas Stove/Oven that does not consistently ignite. Whether it is at the first point of turning on the oven or in the midle of baking. You hear the gas and ignitire try a few times and then stop. A few minutes later it will try a few time and ignite. Other times the oven ignites on the first try. Any thoughts? Model 665-75022102 Thank you for your help Oven will not ignite. Kenmore Model 362-7556591

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    The oven is either failing to ignite or losing ignition after a varied period of time. What could be causing the problem?

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Depending on the age of the oven, it is possible that your ignitor is now weak and it is taking longer to ignite.

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