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Amana gas range bake burner does not heat

Amana Model ARG7301WW Serial 9710248256 Self cleaning oven

After Thanksgiving I cleaned my oven. It had been cleaning for approx. 3 hours and was quite hot and sending out so much smoke that my fire alarms went off. I turned the oven to the off position and let it cool. When I opened the oven, it was very clean and it appeared that everything was fine. Next time I went to use the oven there was no heat. The gas burners and the broiler still work fine. I played with the temp knob by turning it on and off and after a while the oven worked just fine. I went to use it again the other night and I couldn't get it to heat up at all even after monkeying with the switch. Last night I thought I'd give it one last try and I turned it on. No heat. I monkeyed with the switch and again it worked. I have checked breakers and have pulled the front panel looking for a reset swith of some sort. No luck. Could it be the thermocouple or ignitor? If so where do I look to replace them.

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MODEL #ARG7301WW P1143323NWW
SERIAL: 9710232146

Hi Tamiw and oh Mighty Guru Text,.

I had the same problem with the oven not emitting a flame from the burner, but at the same time- the ignitor lit up and heated the oven enough to say it is 'HOT'.

It seems to be an intermittent problem';sometimes it emits a flame while other times I would wait 11 minutes with the dial set to 400 to emit flames.,

Detailed description of PROBLEM and steps I have already taken:

The Ignitor always turns on, and lights up.

1. After the initial cleaning of the burner vents with a coarse bristle cleanibng brush, I turned the oven dial on and everything seemed to be working fine. ie: ignitor turned on, blue flames came out of the burner and maintained a constant temperature.

Then,-after I had performed a "self-clean", to see if this feature would now work, it did! I used the oven for bake a few hours later......

The same symptom ocurred, the ignitor went on, but no flames were observed, YES, there was heat coming from the oven, but NO flames coming out of the burner mechanism:

The Ignitor turned on, but no "flames" were observed. Heat was given off from the glowbar, but no flames. I did NOT smell any gas, only what an inside of the oven smells like after cleaning.

From my records, I had replaced the thermostat about 4 years ago.

Today, I tried this again, and sure enough the ignitor lit up, and the burner was emitting blue flames. But when I put the "FLAME SPREADER" back, and turned the oven OFF, then on again to bake cookies, the oven didnt seem to heat up completely.

Could this be intermittent? or Could the flame spreader hamper the burner operation? (Earlier when I loosened the nut on the flame spreader the bolt broke. I tried to replace with another nut, but the bolt/screw was too short for contact.) Could this contribute to the problem? Does the flame spreader need to be tightly screwed for the burner to function correctly?

One thing I am noticing, is that it takes LONGER for the flames to come thru (than the average 90 seconds)

For example: Ten minutes ago I set the dial to 350. 5 minutes went by, and no flames, then set the dial to 450 after ten minutes oven was hot, but no flames?

I THEN SET TIMER FOR ANOTHER 5 MINUTES, AND 1 MINUTE LATER THE FLAMES TURNED ON. Total preheating time for flames to come on today = 11 minutes.

I have a "MULTIMETER" from DIGITEK Model # DS830B+ This should work to see the amperage, but I dont remember how to test it! the MAX OHMs are 2000, MA 200 Max, 500V

Can I use this to test the current? How would I do this?

Lastly, HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO CHANGE OUT THE IGNITOR> Meaning do I have to shut off the gas as well as the power circuit?

Ok, hope this helps.

Thanks again,
Callie T

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Pull the bottom of the oven off. You will see 2 to 4 screws that hold the panel on. The ignitor is under there. Look at the ignitor carefully for breaks. I say carefully as the ignitor is very easy to break.

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