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
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.
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