Oven Ignitor Problem


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Old 12-02-02, 06:10 PM
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oven wont heat after rplcing ignitor

we have a GE in wall oven that we have replaced the ignitor (in the oven,not broiler) about 4 months ago. Now it wont light after using it all day Thanksgiving. Took out the ignitor that was replaced 4 mos ago and found the wires were burnt that the ignitor were connected to. After cleaning up the melted wire,we attemted to replace ignitor with new one, and it still wont light. We dont have a manual, but know the oven is only about 4 years old. HELP PLEASE! Another question is:There are only two wires that connect the ignitor to the oven does it matter which one connects to which, they have no markings to tell them apart.
 
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Old 12-02-02, 07:09 PM
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Hello ChinaCatSunflwr. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

The polarity of the wires does not matter. Which means it does not matter which ignition wire is connected to the other.

Why the wires melted does matter. They should be routed so as not to come into connect with an interior ovens hot surfaces. If it appears the wires shorted out electrically, there may be other more serious electrical problems.

Since you replaced the ignitor prior and it worked will up to this point in time, chances are the wire routing was correct. However, be sure to route the wires to any new ignitor correctly.

The ignitor may not be getting power. Check for a fuse near the ovens burner gas valve. Verify if any part of the oven has electrical power, since I did not read any mentioning of power.

Be sure to unplug the oven or turn off the power to it first. The fuse could be located on the power cords connection box inside the appliance. If you locate one and it is burned out or there is any doubt as to its condition, replace it.

Appliance fuses are special fuses designed specifically for the purpose. They are only available at appliance parts dealers stores. The useage of any other type of fuses will cause problems.

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Read the manufacturers instructional or owners manual & online web sites for product information, problem possibilities.

An excellent source for original replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Appliance parts dealers test parts and carry replacement parts for all 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.

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Old 12-03-02, 10:01 AM
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fuse?

Do all ovens have a fuse? If a fuse has blown, would there be any power to the oven at all? or could there be just an ignitor fuse? All the touchpad buttons work and the clock works and the light comes on, the ignitor just wont light. Thanks for your info!

As far as the wire rerouting, we just pulled out the ignitor and the wires and then replacing the ignitor with a new one, recapping and taping the connections correctly, and pushing the wires right back in the hole in which they came, it seems to go into some sort of insulation behind the oven. Could we have done this wrong to cause it to melt after 4 months of use? Is there some other way to do this other than pulling the oven out of the wall????Again thanks!
 
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Old 12-03-02, 11:20 AM
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Hello: ChinaCat

Not all ovens have ignitor fuses. Those that do are located as indicated. Other areas of the appliance will still work.

The main circuit board is pre assembled with it's own fuse or other method to prevent shorts causing any fires etc.

If that oven does not have an ignitor fuse, it may be the reason the wires melted and most likely shorted out the ignitor.

No fuse installed by the manufacturer is okay, not an error nor should one be added. Leave as is.

Now that I know how the igntior wires are installed on your oven, based on the description you supplied, incorrect reinstallation was correct and heat could not have been the problem.

If the ignitor still does not lite, the problem may be in the touch pad control or main circuit board, etc. In this area, you will need to remove the parts, have them tested at a dealers and replace as needed.

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