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Oven and broiler will not light.

My GE Spectra XL 44 range has the same problem. Oven nor broiler will not light. Purchased unit 2001, Had to replace bake igniter already once in 2003.Also, range top burners must be lit most of the time with matches. Clicking noise is very faint sometimes and once it is lit it will click normally. Simmer burner is so low it is not worth using. Of course it is out of warranty.Very disappointed and inconvenienced.

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  • mom of 8 Dec 28, 2008

    Thank you. My husband replaced the oven burner ignitor(the unit that makes the orange glow on start up) and it seems to be working fine now. But the top burners still need to be lit with matches on occasion and as I said before, the simmer burner is so low, it's not even worth using it.I appreciate your input, even if it is a bit late.

    Have a Happy 2009!

    :)

  • mom of 8 Dec 28, 2008

    By the way, the broiler unit turned out to be fine and working, I was mistaken about that. It was only the oven burner that was inoperable.

  • mom of 8 Dec 28, 2008

    You're very welcome. How about the burners needing to be lit at times? Also, if I turn on the stove burners, sometimes they will click very quietly, but once I light them or they light on their own, the clicking gets louder until I turn it to the flame height I desire. And how about the very low simmer burner. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for those 3 issues? What could cause these things?

    Thanks again!


  • mom of 8 Dec 29, 2008

    Hey, nothing wrong with constructive criticism. I probably am guilty of not taking the burners apart and cleaning them frequently enough. I'll show your suggestion to my husband regarding the simmer burner; He can fix pretty much anything once he knows how it ticks.

    You take care and thanks again!

    :)


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You've probably done this by now since your message is May (makes us a May-December couple??) but wanted to write that the transformer that produces the park for ignition has failed.  I don't know how accessible it is in your unit, if you check on Sears website under Parts with your model # in hand, they could well have an illustrated breakdown of your range which would give you an idea of how difficult the replacement might be.  

Posted on Dec 28, 2008

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Dec 28, 2008

    Thanks for the feedback, it may aid others too. 
    I had forgotten that the ovens use mostly 'surface' ignitors just like gas dryers rather than the spark gap used on the burners.


    Thanks for the New Years wishes and the best to your family too for the future.  

  • Steve Allison
    Steve Allison Dec 28, 2008

    I suspect ranges are much alike since some things that worked well a half-century ago, still work today.
    Pulling any of our stovefront knobs off and peering with a flashlight into the shafts, one can clearly see a very recessed small slotted adjustment.
    This sets the flame height affecting mostly the lower setting.
    However, it will take a very long, small shaft screwdriver to reach the adjustment.
    Since the adjustment runs through the center of the shaft, it may feel (because it is) 'gummy.'


    On your ignition problem; this is done with high voltage on the order of several thousand volts as the gap is several millimeters and must be to offer enough of a spark front to the gas streaming toward the gap to ensure ignition.


    Not to criticise your housekeeping, but do you remove the burner parts for cleaning?
    If they get contaminated with any burned residue, the spark may not be happening where it is needed.


    On our simmer burner, the port allowing a path to the spark gap was actually too large and I finally caught it blowing the ignited gas away from the burner.
    I cut an 1/8 inch length of copper house wire (12 gauge) and tapped it into the channel for the spark gap, reduced the gas flow toward it and it has been fine since then.


    If was a brand new range in a new house and I just did not want to have anyone tramping through if it was something I could solve on my own.       

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