Oven Ignition Problem

Old 10-24-02, 11:56 PM
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Oven want lite

My oven has been out for about a year, I got married so she wants it fixed. The pilot is lit and when you turn on the flame get larger to try and lite but it seems there is not gas coming into the oven thanks bill
Old 10-25-02, 06:27 AM
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Hello pook50. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum.

Based upon the limited information you provided, I'll have to assume the oven your referring to has one of two different pilot assemblies.

In either type, the safety element the larger pilot flame is heating, that element is one of the two types mentioned below.

The element is either defective and or burned out. Replacing it should resolve the problem. If the pilot flame is not all blue, cleaning the pilot assembly may resolve the problem.

Excerpt from a prior posted reply provided as additional information which applies:

There are two different types of pilot assemblies used to operated oven gas valves. The most common is the fluid safety.

This type of pilot assembly has two pilots. One tiny one that is on all the time and the second one that is much larger, points it's big flame downs at a slight angle towards the front of the burner, heats an element bulb and only turns on when the oven is turned on.

The larger flame then heats that element bulb. That's the fluid safety element. If it is weak, the element can be replaced individual and seperate from the gas valve it screws into.

The other type {a flame switch} has the safety element above the horizontal length of the pilot flame. This element can be replaced seperately and individually of the gas valve.

The flame switch type does not screw directly into the gas valve. Instead, it is attached to a metal round part that is held in place by two tiny screws. it will be attahed to the back wall of the oven.

A flame switch uses contacts to make an electrical connection. The switch uses 120 volt house current. The vapor pressure inside the flame switches element keeps the contact points inside the switch closed.

When working on appliances in general and especially ovens which use a flame switch, be positive the electrical power is turned off. Failure to do so will expose you to the possibility of electrical shock!

Any of these parts may not always be easy to replace for the do-it-yourself person. The parts aren't all that expensive. Tthe labor costs are often worth paying a professional to do the job.

Should parts be needed, the best source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. You can locate the store in the phone book.

For those who may not care to do this task, some natural gas utility companies offer this service.

An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Appliance parts dealers test parts and carry replacement parts for all appliances. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Retail parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers and stop in at the store. The info will help to determine the possible problem causes. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Read the prior topics within this forum on this subject of ovens and or oven burners and the replies offered. Doing so will provide you with additional helpful information, suggestions and or advice.

If you need further assistance, use the REPLY button. By doing so, the additional information you add or questions you may have, will remain within this posting. Using this method also moves the topic back up to the top of the list automatically.

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