Oven Spark Ignition

Old 09-26-03, 10:59 AM
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Pilotless Ignition keeps going when oven is on

Was wondering if anyone would know why a GE gas stove with electronic 'pilotless ignition' would do the following:

When using the oven, the igniters that should light the burners start sparking, slowly at first.. and as the oven heats up, they get faster and faster.. mildly annoying at first, maddening by the time dinner is ready. Dangerous?... thanks for any replys.

Old 09-26-03, 03:49 PM
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Hello jps and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances topic.

The condition you described is not dangerous but it can be annoying as well as corrected. Most likely simply cleaning the element and the sparker assembly is all that is needed to correct the problem.

Usually but not always. The element the pilot flame heats once the pilot flame is established often gets dirty and connect sense the heat of the flame. Since that element is heat sensitive, cleaning it often corrects the problem.

If cleaning does not resolve the problem, replacement of the part and or sparking assembly may be required. Try cleaning the sparking element. Use light weight sanding paper and or steel wool pad. The idea is to just clean up the outter surface of the element and pilot assembly where the spark grounds out to the assembly.

Be sure to unplug the appliance from the electrical power first.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. They are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Also read several other questions in this forum on the subject of ovens. I recently answered a question on this exact condition in another question pertaining to an oven. Doing so will provide you with enough information to determine what the problem is and how to correct it.

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Old 09-26-03, 04:33 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply.. something to add to the list of things to do around the house this weekend.

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