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Oven does not maintain temperature. Part 2

I have used this site to help me find the problem to my 5 year old GE Spectra XL44 oven (Model JGBP30CEA3CC). This model oven does not show the temperature as it changes. I purchased an external Thermometer (OT-03 Baker's Oven Remote Thermometer) that samples temperature every 10 seconds. 1. I measured the sensor resistance. At room temp, the resistance was 1058 ohms. With the sensor removed, I carefully heated up the sensor. The resistance gradually increased. I quit heating the sensor when resistance reached 2K ohms. The resistance gradually decreased. Conclusion: Sensor okay. 2. Installed the external sensor close to the sensor in the oven. The following occurred when turning on oven and setting at 350 degrees F. The igniter came on and gas (i.e. flame) came on about 30 seconds later. When the temperature reached 358 degrees (external thermometer), the igniter and gas shut off. I can hear the igniter relay click during the on/off cycle. Temperature started dropping, at 336 degrees, the igniter came on, 30 seconds later, the gas (i.e. flame) came on. 5 seconds later, the gas shuts off. About 30 second later, the above process kept repeating. Conclusion: Igniter is okay. 3. If I turn the oven off and then turn it back on and set to 350 degrees again, the above process (step 2 above) repeats once the temperature reaches the set 350 degrees. 4. If instead of resetting (turning oven off, then back on), I just increase the setting to 425 degrees, the oven will heat up to 425 degrees and then start repeating on/off cycle as mention in step 2. This seems to indicate the control unit as the problem? Unfortunately, GE wants $250 for the unit. But this is still cheaper than a new stove. What is your opinion on what I should replace?

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  • James Wray Oct 06, 2007

    Fixed. Why, I do not know.
    I swapped the igniters between the broiler and the bake unit. When I did this the oven started working. It has been about 2 weeks and it is still working. To be on the safe side, I purchases a new igniter to keep in case the oven fails again. I measures the resistance of the igniters (room temp), the one used for baking (the failed one ?) measured at around 150 ohm. The one from the broiler measured at around 190 ohms. The new one measures at 185 ohm. I do not think the difference in resistance should cause a problem unless the change in resistance due to heating was the cause.

  • checosierra Nov 04, 2008

    I have an electric GE range and if I turn the oven temperature to any specific temperature, the temperature goes way up high and I am not able to control it.

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    We have the same oven, same age, same problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    oven is over a year old but i have used it only 3 times b/c in garage apt. out of warranty but i don't want to spend $800 to fix b/c not in my house. i am open to buying a new sensor if that would work b/c all the electronics on the board light up fine. thanks for your help.



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Sometimes when they get hot that is when they fail

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