We are considering a Gas-Electric stove (with electric oven), but found that some ovens are 120 volt. Are these any good ? Should we even consider the 120 Volt option when 220 is available ?
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I believe what you mean to say is: you want an electric stove that works with 115-120 volt and not 220-230 volt. Yes there are stoves available that work from 115-120 volt but they are vbery limited in availability. also, do you mean a true oven or just a stove top burner ? stove top burners are fairly easy to find in the regular 115v plug-in style at hardware stores or through catalog order (usually not at appliance stores). If you are looking for an oven with 115v plug-in ability, it will be a bit herder to find.
Ignitor needs to be working for the gas valve to open. If the ignitor does not reach the proper amp draw the gas valve will not open. There is a video at www.appliancehelponline.com/servicemanual.html this will walk you thru performing an amp draw test on the ignitor.
Sounds like you are only getting 120 volts to the range. If your house has fuses, check for one of the 50 amp ones out. Best if you have a way of testing voltage. Could be a loose / poor electrical connection at the range power recepticle where the cord plugs in, or where the cord connects to the range. Of course it could be in the range wiring or possibly in the range control, but that is not as likely. Get a voltage meter and find out where you are loosing the other half of your 240 volts.
my oven does the same thing. i do not believe that the oven is electric though. the only electric part on my oven is the control board. if the oven was electric it should heat up much sooner than that,
It is very rare for gas valves to fail. Most non-ignition problems are due to old igniters which no longer draw enough amperage to allow the gas safety valve to open. You might also consider testing your voltage with a digital meter, as lower voltage will cause ignition problems also. (say 110 volts instead of 120) Replace the igniter.