Gas Wall Oven

Old 02-06-03, 02:48 PM
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Gas Wall Oven

I have an old (1965) Caloric Wall Oven. I've recently replaced the igniter because it tends to burn out way too frequently. In any event the last couple of ignitors I've replaced work fine.

Problem is that the oven is turned on, the ignitor heats up, and you hear the gas released, but it takes a little bit to ignite the burner, and when it does its with a burst of gas that pushes the doors of the oven open a bit. Not so much that they open fully, but enough force to jar them open and then they close.

The ignitor is installed properly right against the burner, can't get any closer. Do I need to replace the burner too? any help is appreciated.
Old 02-06-03, 07:10 PM
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Delayed Ignition

Hello nll. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

The condition you described is called delayed ignition. The condition happens at times when the burners ignition ports, holes or slots at or near the ignitor are restricted. Cleaning and clearing those ports usually resolves the problem.

To correct the problem, most likely the burner will have to be removed from the oven and then cleaned. First, unplug or turn off the the electrical power to the appliance.

The ignitor should be removed next. Once the ignitor is removed, remove the burner and clean all the ignition holes or slots.

To clean them may require a thin blade or wire depending on the type of ports the burner has. Pay special attention to the ports near the ignitor. Those are where the gas exists first to provide positive ignition.

Once all this is done, reinstall the burner and attach the hot surface ignitor exactly as it currently is. Problem now should be solved....

If the burner is aluminium, chances are the ignition port is a slot. If so and the slot is restricted too much or the burner is in poor condition, it should be replaced.

An excellent source for original replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book.

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Regards & Good Luck. TCB4U2B2B Company Enterprises.
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