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Re: new gas valve, new gas smell
CG, unfortunately you replaced the wrong part. The problem with your oven is the igniter. The igniter is wired in
series with a safety valve. The safety valve monitors the amount of
electrical current flowing through the igniter when you ask it to
"bake". When the igniter gets "weak" it won't allow current to flow
through it properly, this will keep the oven from heating. It will also cause your symptoms as well...
Here's the scenario; Say your safety valve is "looking" for 2.5 amps of electricity flowing through it before it'll open up and allow gas to the manifold. Your igniter is designed to allow 2.8-3.2 amps to flow in good operating condition, but your igniter has become "weak"... it's now allowing 2.48-2.51 amps. The safety valve is sensing this and opening and closing rapidly, allowing gas to flow through it (fluttering). BUT! the igniter is not hot enough to ignite the gas and/or there is not enough gas to ignite do to the fluttering effect of the valve. Sometimes it'll light sometimes it won't.
Your igniter is the cause and needs to be replaced.
you begin the repair, you should have the new part on hand. The part
number is WB2X9154 and can be purchased at your local appliance parts
retailer for about $50.00. Here's one online for $65.00.
First, UNPLUG YOUR OVEN!
replace it... Remove the racks and lower panel (oven floor). This will
expose the burner manifold where the igniter is mounted. (It's the
round thing on the manifold near the back... it has 2 wires going into
it.) You'll need a 1/4" socket or nut driver to remove it.
(*TIP---> before removing the screws from the igniter, put a few drops of liquid dish
soap on the threads to lubricate them. If you do this, you will not
strip the threads of the screws and it will ease their removal.)
new igniter kit will have two ceramic wire nuts in it. Cut the two
wires off of the old igniter and strip them back about 3/8". Then
connect the wires of your new one to the wires in the oven using the
ceramic wire nuts provided. Then mount the new igniter and rebuild the
(*TIP---> The new igniter is very fragile! [that's why it came wrapped tightly in bubble wrap] Handle it gently!)
My oven a magic chef 10yrs old .. when i turn the oven on it heats up to like 350 then it gets to that temp then it goes back down to 200.. we just change the Thermostat it work great the first time then today when I used then oven same problem again. any solution out there?
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replace the ignitor,even though trhe ignitor glows orange its getting weak and cant pas enough current to open the gas valve to supply enough gas to fire the venturi tube,so it supplies gas but wont ignite this is where your odor is coming from
The problem with your oven is that ignitor is weak and not drawing enough amprage to open the gas valve, the gas you smell was since the ignitor does come on it allowed the gas valve to open a wee bit but since ignitor is weak it wont allow gas valve to open fully. I know you going to doubt that what i'm telling you is correct, i base my diagnosis on my 30 years experience as a appliance repair technician.Replace ignitor and enjoy your baked meal
you have 2 posibilities the first one is very unprobable and the second will fix the oven
1) the new gas valve is defective and while the proper amprage is being supplied to it,it simply wont open
2) even though the bake ignitor is indeed coming on it isn't drawing the proper amp draw (3.2-3.6 amps) to open the gas valve ,the very fact the ignitor comes on totally eminates that the control isn't providing power to it for the bake ignitor to heat
i have been a appliance repair technician for over 30 years and am 100% confident that by replacing the bake ignitor the oven will work fine
Hi Bunny. Now, about your oven. If you spilled some juice into the oven on Thanksgiving. It will be dried up by now. However the lower burner in your oven should have a shield over it so that juice doesn't get onto the burner. If the oven is now working properly in bake mode, then the same burner will work in self-cleaning as well. Whenever you turn on a gas appliance you will smell an an oder for just a moment. Here is the reason. Gas is odorless naturally. The gas company intentionally puts what is called an "ODORANT" into the gas so that anyone can smell a leak. Sometimes, they put too much oderant in and they get quite a few phone calls about leaks. Of course, when there is a real leak, they can also find out about it and take care of before there is any danger. Your caution in not listening to your son's advice is wise. "Just do it" applies to Nike shoes, and sports. When it comes to safety with regard to natural gas, electricity, or any fuel (like gasoline) "Just do it" can be just fatal. Remind your son of that. I hope I've helped you. If you have any more questions of me, you are very welcome to contact me through this site. Best Regards, Mark
Good morning, your oven most likely has a weak igniter. That would keep the gas safety valve from opening properly. It will get close to the required amperage but valve will only flutter and not allow enough gas to ignite. Hope that helps.
Check for leaks on pipes and fittings. Mix a small amount of washing up liquid and water make sure it is nice and frothy , put around 1 joint at a time (do not light any burners), if bubbles start to blow then this is where your leak is, but still check all remaining joints.
Sounds like a sticking gas valve or a defective hot surface igniter. Open the broiler drawer or remove the bottom cover in the oven compartment. The oven usually has a hot surface igniter or a spark igniter. Turn on the oven and watch for the hot surface igniter to start glowing. It should glow very bright. Once it is glowing the burner gas should come on. If you hear the gas come on it should light right away. If there is any delay shut off the oven and stay back. Let the gas clear out then inspect the area near the igniter and make sure the burner is not plugged(the little holes may have debris in them). If you turn on the oven and the igniter comes,glows brightly,no gas is heard but you can smell gas it is either a blocked burner orfice/assembly or sticking gas control valve. Try giving the burner and gas control valve a tap and see if it comes on. If you tap the control valve and it starts working then shut of the oven and try it several times. If it starts to come on and off now you may have cleared whatever debris was causing the problem. If it does it again then it could be the control valve or a weak hot surface igniter. The igniter can be tested with a ohm meter. Most of the time when I get this complaint it is the oven control valve that is sticking. Be very careful when doing these procedures....gas can build up in the oven compartment very quicky and flash if ignited. Always have the gas shut off valve at the back of the range within reach and the electrical outlet in case you need to unplug it.
The reason you can't smell it when the oven is on is because the gas is being ignited. DO NOT USE YOUR STOVE until you get this fixed by a gas fitter. You have a gas leak, which is either a loose fitting or faulty valve or line.
Call your appliance dealer IMMEDIATELY or you could have an explosion!!!!