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GE Profile Spectra JGBP85

I have a GE Profile Spectra JGBP85WEB5WW range. I noticed that ever since I used the self cleaning oven feature, my oven does not work right. When trying to use the oven, it seems as though it takes forever to get up to proper oven temperature. The broiler works fine. Tried using the oven again today, after about an hour the temp was only 232. Also, I thought I even smelled gas today, but then the odor went away. Could it be the oven igniter? Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks

Posted by Michael McGloin on

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  • Michael McGloin Jul 15, 2007

    Do you happen to know where the igniter is located?

  • Michael McGloin Aug 11, 2007

    Yesterday, my husband put in a new oven igniter. Thought this might have solved the problem. It still takes about 30-40 minutes before the oven gets up to 350 degrees. My mom has the same stove, so I went over to her house today and set the oven to 350 and within 9 minutes it had reached temperature. Any thoughts as to what might be the problem.

  • Michael McGloin Jul 29, 2008

    The last time I posted was in August, 2007. The problem still persists with my GE Profile Spectra JGBP85WEB5WW. My husband replaced the oven igniter back in August, 2007. The broiler ignites and works well. It seems as though the problem with my oven really hasn't been fixed. When I turn on the oven, it seems to take forever to reach proper temperature. On rare occassions, my oven seems to reach the desired temperature in about 15 minutes compared to the 25 - 30 minutes it usually takes. Sometimes, I even smell gas. When I went to use my oven last night, I turned it on and proceeded to do other things around the house. When I got back into the kitchen, it really smelled of gas. I turned the oven off and tried my broiler. The broiler started right up. I kept the broiler on for about 5 - 10 minutes and turned it off and then set the oven to 350. It only registered to 242 degrees and would not increase in temp. So I kept alternating by turning on the broiler and then the oven to try to finish cooking my dinner. At one point the oven did reach 350 degrees. This went on for about 1 1/2 hours and still my dinner was not completely cooked. It was hot but not hot enough to melt the cheese in my lasagna. I don't know what to do any more. My husband insists on fixing the problem himself, but doesn't know where to start. Some one said it might be the gas valve. If so, where would the gas valve be located on the appliance.

    When I used my oven a couple of days ago to bake a cake, it did reach the desired temperature but it took some time before it got to the desired temp. And it took a lot longer for my cake to bake.

    Any help anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.


  • kolbrat Oct 01, 2008

    I have a frigaire gallery professional series and i used the self cleaning and now my oven an broiler will not work



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Yes, it could very well be an igniter. The igniter can still glow and not work. The reason being that the igniter (depending on type) needs to produce .25 to .37 amps in order for the gas valve to open. If this potential is never reached, the igniter will glow, but gas will never flow. Or, gas will eventually flow for a weak (slow) igniter and will take forever to ignite. Which could be the reason for your low bake temperature. The burner does not stay lit all the time during the bake cycle. It will cycle on and off as needed to maintain the oven temperature. If the igniter is taking a long time to relight the burner, it could take a long time to heat. The broiler has a separate igniter and probably doesn't get used as often as the bake igniter. You can test the theory by swapping the igniter between the bake and broil burners and see if the problem moves to the broiler. Make sure you secure power to the range BEFORE attempting to remove the igniter, however. You should not have to turn off the gas to do this. Everything should be accessible through the oven door and broiler. I tell you this, because a new igniter (depending on the type you have) can run as much as $100. It will probably be worth the effort just to be sure. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007

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    Jeff Rockwell Jul 15, 2007

    Just be careful when handling the igniter. Try not to touch the element portion. Oils from your hands can shorten the life of them.

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 16, 2007

    The igniter should be under the bottom pan in the oven. There will be a couple of screws in the back to take out, first, then the pan should lift out. Under the pan is a heat deflector that is mounted right over the burner assembly. If you remove the deflector the igniter will be visible next to the burner assembly in the rear. There should only be a couple of screws holding it on (remember how you took it off, so you can reinstall it) and a wire connector. Make sure you unplug the oven or turn off the circuit breaker first! Sometimes the wires are spliced. Good luck and let me know if this helps.



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