Oven Ignition Problem

Old 04-08-03, 07:28 PM
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Unhappy whirlpool oven

Im helping my friend with his oven Its a whirlpool about 10yrs old anyways we light the oven and the ignitor clicks and ignites the pilot light but the main flame never kicks on. thanks
Old 04-09-03, 07:21 PM
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Defective Safety Element

Hello landshark40. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum.

The most likely part causing the problem is the safety element. This is the part the pilot flame heats once the pilot flame is established.

If the pilot flame is horizontal with the safety element just above the pilots flame, the system is a flame switch safety. With this type of pilot assembly and safety element, often times simply cleaning the horizontal pilot assembly corrects the problem.

To accomplish this cleaning, simply blow out the flames, use a pipe cleaner, yes, a pipe smokers pipe cleaning cleaner, and clean off the entire surface were the flames come out of. Relite the pilot when completed and the broiler should resume working.

If cleaning does not resolve the problem, the safety element just above the pilots flame will most likely need to be replaced. The type of safety is called a flame switch safety.

A flame switch safety can be identified because the opposite end of the element is round. About the size of a quarter and has two tiny screws attaching it to the wall of the oven or brioler.

Use caution if your appliance uses this type of safety element. The element is operated by house current. Behind the round attaching device is two wires.

Both wires supplied with household electrical current. Be sure to turn off the power if the appliances uses this type of safety device.

If this is not the safety system type used in your appliance, then it's a fluid safety device. This type the constant iplot enlarges or lites a second pilot flame. The second pilot flame heats a safety element {bulb} device. This element part may be defective.

In either safety device system, there is always the possibility the gas valve is defective. Be sure all the controls are set correctly prior to assuming a part or parts are defective.

For additional information etc. read the prior asked questions within this forum pertaining to oven pilot ignition problems or pilot problems and topics. The questions already asked describe like or similarly related problem descriptions as your question.

These prior postings and any or all the replies offered within them contain almost all the required information needed pertaining to the many potential and or possible problems with the stoves unit like your describing.

An excellent source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. The info will help to determine the possible problem causes.

Appliance part stores carry replacement parts for almost every brand. The locations for the dealers, agents and retail part stores are listed in the phone book.

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