Question about Kenmore Kitchen Ranges
To resolve the issue you’ll need to check the glow bar, measure the current on the igniter. The gas valve has a bi-metal that open when a certain amount of current flows through it to heat it up. The igniter is wired in series with the gas valve. As the igniter gets older or weaker, its resistance increases to the point where not enough current is flowing to the gas valve bi-metal to open it up. As a result, the gas valve never opens up.
The hot surface igniter will not come on then check the igniter with a multimeter, you should have continuity through the glow bar, and the glow bar can also break. The glow bar comes on but the main burner will not light, but often this is a hot surface igniter problem. The hot surface igniter often loses its ability to get hot enough to open the gas safety valve. The safety valve can fail, but most times it is just a bad hot surface igniter. The hot surface igniter can also quit part way through cooking, it means that it may work sometimes but not on other occasions. Hot surface igniters do weaken and will eventually generate less heat than they normally could. When this happens they can still allow marginally correct current to flow to the oven gas valve for it to open but not get quite hot enough to ignite the gas burner immediately. When this happens, gas released into the oven can sometimes build up to the point where when finally ignited, the amount of gas lit can cause a small explosion inside the oven or cause an odor of gas without the oven working. Hope this helps... If it does please do not forget to accept the solution or post back for assistance.
Posted on Aug 28, 2010
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