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The 2nd oven burner doesn't always light and the first seems to cycle on and off frequently. When I give a little rap on what I believe the gas solenoid to be (part #PB010084) both burners light right up. Is this a sure sign the solenoid needs replacement?

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Probably not. As the ignitors (Viking part no. PB040001) age, their resistance increases to the point where they don't pull enough current to hold the valve open. This is true even though the ignitors are still glowing brightly. According to someone who probably knows, they are considered a "maintenance item" that needs to be replaced "every few years."

About $45 each at The Gene Schick Co. (510)429-8200. Replace both of them (assuming a 30" oven, 3 if wider) at the same time, or you'll be doing this job again in a few days/weeks/months.

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