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I have a KBNU367TSS and I am having problems with 3 of the 4 ignitors. Two of them will not work at all and one of them gets red but not hot enough to ignite the gas. The rear burner ignitor works fine. The cost for each new ignitor from Kitchenaid is like $90.00 each. Anyone know what the problem is or where I can find the part for less money. Can this problem be fixed without replacing the ignitor? Any help would be appreciated.

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One problem with glo plug ignitions is the loss of voltage across the glo plug. Each glo plug has to have the correct amount of current to get hot enough to light the gas. If the current is to low, the plug will glow, but not light the gas. You have to open the grill up and check the wiring, etc for shorts, bare spots in the wires insulation, etc.

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