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Make sure area where spark had to touch is perfectly clean

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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    John Rodgers Feb 06, 2010

    I see that clean iginition area was not the issue for you seeing I didn't help you. if sparker is sparking and you have no iginition but gas is present then you have a weak spark or, top on burner may be off line a fraction or burner ports clogged preventing gas from getting to the spark, a spill or a soap pad used for cleaning can plug ports,I fix ranges all the time it is my job as a gas technician and it seems like an easy fix..

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I have a garland oven model st286 it wont light even though there is gas getting to it and the spark is working. It lights if you light it manually


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  1. Access the burners inside your oven by removing the access panel in the front of the oven or by opening the broiling drawer, depending on your particular model.
  2. Determine if the pilot itself is lit, since some ovens have a small flame on the pilot at all times that then grows and extends to the burner when the oven is turned on. The lack of a pilot flame indicates the oven thermostat is malfunctioning or there is a problem with the gas hose. Check the pilot itself to see if it is clogged with debris or grease that could be preventing the flame from staying lit.
  3. Determine if the pilot flame will grow if it is lit by turning on the thermostat. If the pilot flame doesn't extend, the thermostat itself likely needs replacement. If the flame is extending but the gas valve is not opening, the safety valve could be dirty or defective. The flame should be blue in color. A yellow flame indicates the pilot is dirty and is not burning hot enough to get the main burner to ignite.
  4. Light the burner on the top of the oven with a match if the igniter doesn't appear to be effective. If it lights manually but will not light automatically, the igniter is likely faulty. Do not do this if there is a heavy smell of gas in the kitchen, since there could be a risk of a fire. In that circumstance, turn the oven off, ventilate the room and call a technician.
  5. Listen for any sounds of gas hissing or a clicking sound indicating the oven is trying to turn on. If there is no response from the oven at all, the gas may not be functioning properly and will need to be examined by a technician for safety purposes

Jan 26, 2011 | Ovens

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My GE gas stove keeps clocking and I can see the spark for every click. But, it doesnt turn on for a long time. It atleast takes 20-30 clicks before it turns on.


If it is clicking while a pilot is present, the sensor or ignitor box is not sensing the flame. If it stops clicking as soon as a pilot is present, the spark may not be hot enough to ignite the gas or the gas may be slightly low on it's flow amount. don't over look the obvious, such as the oven being exposed to drafts which blows out the flame.
Hope this helps.

Feb 07, 2010 | Ovens

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It won't heat up... even though there is a flame


Check The Power Source

If the gas oven won't turn on, the first thing to do is check the power source. Most modern gas ovens are electrically powered. Check to make sure the oven is plugged in and the breaker isn't tripped.

Check the Heat Source

When a gas oven won't heat, the pilot light can also be set too low; if the pilot is lit but the oven isn't catching, adjust the flame.

Newer gas ovens use electric ignitors that produce sparks. If the oven doesn't heat, the ignitor could be broken.

Feb 05, 2010 | Ovens

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Having problem with the bake igniter not always igniting. Hear clicking, but no flame. Doesn't happen all the time.


You may have a weak igniter or a bad safety valve depending on the model. Let me explain. Their are many different types of oven valves. Some use glowbar and others use standing pilots, still others use a igniter with a safety valve and flame detecting switch. So you do not have a generic problem. To get a specific answer I will need the model number. Since you say you hear the clicking I am gonna assume that is a standing pilot with spark igniter nd safety valve/flame switch. In that case you either need to replace the valve if it is a combination one with thermocouple and valve all in one package or the flame detecting switch if your model has indeed a stand alone falme switch I have some repair photos: HERE

Jan 22, 2010 | Kenmore Ovens

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Kenmore gas oven model no. 273 3248296 pilot free ignition wont fire up


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If it won’t fire then it is possible that the oven control is not sending gas for the pilot light. The pilot light works but no main burner ignition - possible pilot assembly is dirty and the pilot flame is too small, safety valve and thermocouple is faulty, the bulb from the safety valve is out of position and the pilot flame is not touching the thermocouple bulb. Some ranges use a standing pilot light ( small flame is on all the time ) while others use an spark ignition to light the pilot light flame and the pilot light flame heats up the thermocouple bulb to allow the main gas to flow through the oven burner.
The flame needs to heat the bulb up enough to tell it to open the gas valve. Several things can go wrong here that keep this from happening:
The pilot flame may not be hot enough, usually because the flame is yellow instead of pure blue or is too small. The cause for this is usually a dirty pilot assembly. The pilot assembly would either need to be cleaned or replaced.
The thermocouple bulb may not be positioned properly in the flame. You can't heat the bulb properly if it's not in the pilot flame! The thermocouple bulb needs to be in the upper third of a pure blue pilot flame--that's the hottest part of the flame.
The thermocouple itself may be burned out. It happens. It's an internal part of the gas valve so, no, you can't just change the thermocouple bulb separate from the gas valve.
But when you turn on the oven or the thermostat calls for heat, the pilot flame gets bigger and jumps down so it can heat up the thermocouple bulb. This extra gas to increase the pilot flame size comes from the thermostat.
If the pilot flame jumps upwards or just gets bigger, but doesn't shoot down, then you need to replace the pilot assembly.
If the pilot flame size does not increase or jump down when turning on the oven thermostat, then the problem is the thermostat not sending enough gas to the pilot assembly. It's also possible that the pilot gas supply tube has a hole in it somewhere.
One final point on the spark-assisted pilot ignition systems. The spark comes from the spark module--the same module that sends spark to your surface burners to light them up. If you're not getting a spark when you turn the oven on, then there are several possibilities:
There could be a problem with the switch in the thermostat. You can confirm this by doing a simple continuity test of the thermostat contacts. If you don't read zero ohms when you turn the switch on, replace the thermostat.
The spark module could be bad. You'll need to measure the voltage at the oven terminals of the spark module when you turn on the oven. If you get 120v but no spark, it's probably a bad spark module. Replace it.
Could be a bad spark wire or broken electrode.

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Rylee

Sep 10, 2009 | Kenmore Ovens

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Kenmore gas oven won't light. The pilot light is on but no gas. What do I do?


Put a torch on the probe. If the flame comes on them the thermocouple is weak.If nothing at all replace the safety valve.That is if you have a standing pilot. If you pilot is an electric one then it should be so bright it is hard to look at but if it is dim orange it is weak.

Sep 07, 2009 | Kenmore 30169 Electric Single Oven

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Have a zephaire GL when you first turn on the


"sparks pilot lights" , "reset button comes on" can you be more specific on these terms you used? I know this posting is an old posting, but I maybe be able to help you as I have fixed all the problems (multiple with 6 G-L's zephaire. Here I'll try to "assume" your terms. The g-l has one light at the front panel. If you mean it comes on and off (the light that is), this is the due to continuous try ignition module, not reading the "flame sensor input right", assuming there is no flame at the pilot. This might be caused by a mulfunction of the ignition module, or by a bad "flame sensor wire" or sensor. See if the pilot spark / flame comes on when you turn the oven on. See if the white wire coming out of it is good and not chewed by rats or something. If the ingition control (the blue box) is reading flame sensor input right, it will light the main burners, (red wire on the valve) if I recall correctly. The ignition control works properly on max 150 F and the ventilation fan on top if it's not working should be replaced. They sell them on line, and also grainger has it for around $32. The o modules go for around $129 to 170. and sometimes you find them on ebay for around 50. Hope this helps.

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Jul 13, 2009 | Blodgett Ovens

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Oven will not light


Most gas ranges currently available employ one of 3 basic gas ignition systems; pilot ignition, hot surface ignition system (which uses a 'glow bar' or 'glow coil' - aka an "ignitor") and a spark ignition system. The latter two being referred to as "electronic ignition" systems as they use electricity in one form or another to operate the oven heating system. Only the pilot ignition system has an actual "pilot" (which is a small but real "flame") which might need manual lighting.

If the surface burners of a range are a spark ignition type, the oven IS one of the possible kinds of electronic ignition systems and thus will not usually have a "pilot" which needs lighting. Be aware though that just because the surface burners might light via a spark doesn't necessarily mean the oven uses the spark type ignition system too. spark-anim1.90x11.gif
There is one older style of electronic ignition system which does also use an oven pilot but it is very rare and such a system hasn't been used in oven models since the early to mid 70's. It is the 'constant pilot' *electronic ignition* system

Nov 20, 2008 | Frigidaire Ovens

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Wolf oven - oven clicks continuously


This sounds like you have a flame switch getting ready to go out. The reason you are hearing the ticking noise is that after the ignition is satisfied the flame switch is not detecting and sending a signal to continue to try for ignition.

Nov 02, 2008 | Ovens

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replace the thermal coupling on the pilot make sure it is in the flame of the pilot it looks like a copper wire or tube if its bad it wont open the gas valve after the pilot heats it up

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