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  • mwettlaufer May 27, 2008

    The problem has turned out to be the "glow plug" that is used to ignite the oven (electric start). It was heating up, but not enough to release the gas valve.

    I thought it was ok because it would get very hot (orange) but the technician noticed a burnt spot on it and immediately suspected it wasn't getting to the 3.5Amps necessary to release the valve.

    Replaced the igniter and all ok.


  • Anonymous Jun 13, 2008

    When I turned knob to turn on oven, gas escaped but no flame or heat. Is it always the igniter?

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After moving my oven out of the room to lay a floor, the oven wouldn't work when I put it back. Everything else worked (top burners, broiler).
I spent much time here and elsewhere on line trying to get enough knowledge to at least diagnose the problem, if not fix it. There is nothing worse than not knowing what is wrong when the repair guy comes, because you are then at their mercy, and some of them are less than merciful!
I took it apart, observed how the broiler worked, and assumed logically that the oven should work similarly.
The igniter on the bottom/oven part seemed slightly further away from the gas tube than the broiler igniter did. I just touched it and it moved!
As it turned out, the bracket that holds it in place had become jarred when I moved it, and had moved almost imperceptibly away from the gas tube.
This tiny difference was enough that the ignition didn't take place. Instead, after 4 clicks, the igniter shut off, a safety issue built into it, I suppose.
I attached the igniter to the gas tube with wire, readjusted and tightened the clamp, and Bob's your uncle, i have my oven back!
So, I guess the 'tip" is to simply make sure the igniter is close enough to the gas tube to actually ignite the gas.
As any repairman will tell you, the order to check things out in should always start with the simplest thing first!

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