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If you have had the unfortunate experience of having the igniter on your gas oven go out at the worst possible time. Then you probably are also dreading the installation of the new igniter. Do not fear the replacement really is no that hard.
The first thing that you need to do is remove the racks from your oven.
Then look around at the back of your oven for the screws that hold the bottom pan down.
Remove those screws and remove the pan. Some need to slide back and then come up others will just pull up.
Remove the heat shield that is over the burner.
Remove the bottom drawer of your oven.
Now you should be able to see the igniter that sits on an angle by the burner tubes with a couple of wires coming out of it.
Removing the screws that hold the igniter is probably the most difficult part with some ovens. Sometimes it is easier to remove the whole bracket that holds the igniter and then remove and replace the igniter out of the oven.
The wires for the igniter will go to a Molex plug. Follow the wires and undo the plug. On many units it will be below the oven in the drawer opening at the top back. You will need to lay flat on the floor and reach back in to do this.
Once you have the old igniter out then you can carefully install the new one. Hopefully when you get it out of the box it will be in one piece yet. I had to get an igniter for an oven I worked on shipped three times before I got one that was not broken.
Any dropping or banging against anything will crack that igniter.BE CAREFUL!!
Check to make sure that you can feed the Molex plug and wires down through to the bottom before fastening the igniter.
Once the igniter is secured and the plug is connected, you can then replace the other parts in the reverse order that they came out.
This all sounds difficult, but really is not that hard. Even a first timer will have it done in less then a half an hour.
replace the ignitor,even though trhe ignitor glows orange its getting weak and cant pas enough current to open the gas valve to supply enough gas to fire the venturi tube,so it supplies gas but wont ignite this is where your odor is coming from
By "thing in bottom" Iam assuming your talking about the igniter. If you are and it is only glowing then it probably needs to be replaced. If you cant smell the gas either thats a worring sign in of itself. I would first replace the igniter and then go from there though. Let me know how it goes!!
There are 2 high likelihoods as to what your problem may be. When you turn your oven on, does the ignitor begin to glow within 15 to 30 seconds? If it doesn't, there is no power going to the ignitor and the control mechanism is going to need to be replaced. If you have a manual dial thermostat control, you can order this on-line at parstdirect.com. If you control is electronic, you will be required to have an appliance technician come out in order to send the old controller in to be rebuilt.
If your ignitor is glowing when you turn on your oven, but it has a very dull orange glow, you have a bad ignitor and it needs to be replaced. This is the most common problem with older gas ovens. The ignitors just burn out after time and do not draw the amperage needed to open the safety valve.
Replacing the ignitor is a fairly easy procedure. Replacing a dial thermostat control can be a little rough due to rerouting the thermocoupler back through the oven body. Unfortunately, the electronic style oven controls can only be sent in for rebuilding and the company that you use will need to be able to handle "Retforrepr Rebuilds".
Hello, welcome to fixya !
Based on your description I suspect you have a faulty bake ignitor. This may surprise you, or it may not. I think at first it surprises people when the hot surface ignitor glows but the oven won't lite.
Since the ignitor "glows" one figures it would appear to be working, that would be wrong.
These ignitor's serve 2 functions, 1) need to maintain a set value to open/activate the gas valve, typically around 3.5amps... & 2) ignite the fuel once said gas valve is open.
A poor/faulty ignitor may glow & and even ignite the burner intermittently for moments at a time ( thus giving off some heat but never the set amount or not lite at all ) but yet not reach the needed value to open the gas valve/safety valve consistently nor adequately, hence the need to replace the ignitor.
Try this and I'm certain you'll be up & running and as they say " cookin' with gas" ! I'd suggest you should refer to your specific model when ordering the part locally or on-line. The most common hot surface ignitor part is #12400035 and it will work in your Whirlpool too.
Try places like repairclinic.com, searspartsdirect.com, APwagner.com etc.
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Hello there: Normally if your ignitor is coming on in the specified time usually around 45 to 75 seconds this would indicate that the thermostat is defective and needs to be replaced. However if the ignitor its taking longer that this this would indicate that the ignitor is getting weak and should be replaced. I would recommend replacing the ignitor along with the thermostate to ensure that you are using new parts you will get better performance with new parts ok Hope this is very helpful for you Best regards Michael
Hi, The problem may not be so obvious. It sounds very crazy but the problem can still be with the ignitor even though it is glowing and heating up. The gas valve will not turn on unless the ignitor pulls a aet number of amps. of power. When theignotor ages it can stop drawing the same amount of power and the gas valve won't turn on because it thinks that the ignitor is not owrking correctly. I went through this with a couple of different ovens, the first one really took me awhile to figure out. Change the ignitor and your oven will work again!
One of the Ignitor/orifice assy.,electrode is bad expecially the one your wife have to light.The circuitry is ok,but change that bad ignitor/orifice assy electrode. Part number is Item # 833121: check it out @ www.repairclinic.com