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I have a Whirlpool Gas Range Model #SF379LEKS that keeps turning itself off/down. It doesn't always happen but enough that I can't rely on it! If I try to re-start it, you can hear it trying to ignite but after a couple just stops. Do you know what part can be replaced to fix this? When I remove the bottom panel and heat shield above the bottom burner it operates fine. Thanks!

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  • palms00 Dec 31, 2010

    The burner ignites perfect when the bottom panel and heat shield are removed. If the ignitor was bad then why does it ignite with cover and shield off?



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This is because you are letting more air into the unit try this take a voltage regulator or a multimeter and set them to read amperes clip around one of the wires going to the ignitor should be reading in between 3-3.3 amps any less then this and it wouldnt light the oven in time when the gas is coming out of the these are also noted on these diagrams as part number 16 oven ignitor in which you have two inside your unit so you would need to test both of them and part number 14 the oen burner you would want to take these out and clean with a wire brush to assure that each small gas opening is open and there are no deposits left in any hole of the burner if you have any further questions please message me back and please remember when this chat is concluded to rank how this opinion has helped in your appliance situation and have a Happy New Year Thanks again
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    Rick Ead Jan 05, 2011

    because with the heat shield off the oven is getting more oxygen inside more air allows the ingitor to light do the ampere test on the ingitor message me back with your finds remember 3-3.3 amps is what it should draw any less and it would take longer Thanks again


    p.s its probably around 2.7- 2.8 which constitutes a weak ingitor


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Hi, if this is a gas range, then the odds are your electronic ignitor is shot. It may glow for a while, which is where you'll pick up some small amount of heat, but it's not allowing the proper voltage to pass so the gas safety valve can open and allow the burner to light. The igniter will have to be replaced, either by you or a tech.

If it's an electric range, then there's a problem with the thermocouple connected to the heat control knob. The thermocouple senses the amount of heat in the oven and regulates it by turning the element power on or off. If the elements heat at all, then they're ok. If they were shot or open, as we say, then there would be no heat at all.

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