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My question is about an earlier Magic Chef model -- the CGS3760ADQ. When the electronic control calls for "Broiler" the glow plug comes on, and as soon as it gets hot enough the gas valve supplies gas to the broiler burner. When "Bake" is turned on, the bake igniter comes on and will stay hot until I give up and hit "Cancel." But, the gas valve never sends gas to the bake burner. This range has worked without a miss since purchased brand new 9 years ago, but replacing the gas valve or control module would cost almost as much as a new stove -- at discounts now available. I want to fix the range, and the operation of the broiler seems to say that the control module and the gas valve are working. Does anyone know why the gas is not going to the bake burner, once the glow bar has gotten to operating temperature?

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  • judithasphar Feb 07, 2010



    Dear MJ,


    Many thanks for your speedy reply and good advice!


    I was hoping that replacing the igniter would save the range -- I have downloaded the old Maytag Repair Manual, and it described operation just as you have explained.


    The confusing thing is that the glow plug "seems" to get as hot as the one for the broil burner -- which works! "Appearances can be deceiving."


    Thanks for your experience and expertise -- it justifies replacing the igniter, following your excellent instructions.


    Your additional advice about the replacement igniter is equally valuable -- how can I register an additional vote for your "Guru" rating with FixYa?


    Very best regards,
    Randolph
    (Judith's Significant Other)

  • judithasphar Feb 07, 2010

    MJ's speedy response was truly expert!

    He absolutely deserves the "Guru" designation!

    Best wishes,
    JA

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It sounds like you have a weak igniter. Just because the igniter is coming on and glowing doesnt mean its getting hot enough to open the gas valve. The way the igniter operates is as it heats up, the hotter it gets the more current is able to pass through it. It needs to be able to get hot enough to allow the proper current to reach the gas valve for the gas valve to open. This is the issue 99/100 times. In the 4 years i've been working for my company I have only replaced two gas valves and both times it was because the customer shorted it out themselves by trying to replace the igniter without unplugging the unit. My website is down to be able to cross-reference the part and get you pricing but the factory OEM number for the bake igniter is 7432P075-60.

The igniter will be mounted on your burner tube by 2 5/16 screws. Will have to remove the bottom panel of the oven to access it. You will need to remove the broiler drawer at the bottom to acces the harness for the igniter. Unclip the harness and pull the igniter out from the top. BE SURE TO UNPLUG THE UNIT FIRST as you could run the risk of shorting your gas valve.


Good luck with the repair. Let me know how it goes. _MJ_

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  • Matt Ace Appliance Feb 07, 2010

    I was able to cross reference your part number, your OEM part is no longer available. The cheapest cross reference part is part number 5303935066 it will come with ceramic wire nuts and you will need to cut the harness off and just wire it directly. It does'nt matter which wire goes to which side because you are just completing a circuit.

    Hope this helps. MJ


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