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Oven pilot light won't light

It was working fine and then my husband accidently sawed the propane pipe outside when building a deck. The range was set up so that one oven light was the only light that stayed on continuously. We needed matches to light the stove top which was fine with me. The strange thing is that after the pipe was repaired, the stove top continued to work with a match but the oven pilot light never came back on. Of course, we tried to light it, but no gas seems to be coming to the oven pilot?????? Help

Kenmore gas range (model 72221): Pilot light went out and could not be re-lit. No gas seems to be flowing to pilot. The stove top works fine, so there is gas available. Looked for a "button on safety valve", as per suggestion of someone who solved a similar problem on a different oven, but no button or valve could be found. Unplugged the power cord for a few minutes to see if valve would "reset" but problem remained.

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Part of the problem was my own ignorance about this particular Kenmore gas oven. It doesn't even have a pilot light. Instead, there is an electric heating element close to the burner which gets so hot that it ignites the gas. It seems that the heating element also doubles as a temperature sensor, so that it opens the gas valve only when the heating element is hot enough to ignite the gas. This heating element, called the "ignitor", no longer gets hot in my oven even though there is 120VAC applied to it when the oven knob is turned on. Therefore, the ignitor is defective. I ordered a new one on-line from "Appliance Parts of America" for $31.50 plus shipping, and this should fix the problem. If it does NOT, I'll add to this post.

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you must push and hold the button on the bottom fo the safety valve until the thermocouple is warm enough to keep the safety valve open. @ 25 - 30 seconds

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