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Have a 1980s model oven model #EH4W4 .My problem is the burners work great but oven does not lite anymore when temp is selected.?

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If it is a standing pilot the thermocouple has most likely failed. If it is electronic ignition the the igniter has probably failed. Is the oven plugged in to the wall outlet all the way or is it direct wired? Is it standing pilot or elctronic ignition? Really need more info to correctly diagnose

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