Gas Oven burner won't light

Old 10-11-03, 07:24 AM
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Gas Oven burner won't light

We have a 10 year old gas Magic Chef oven, may be older, and the oven burner won't light up. The ignitor lights up but the bar won't. Will the advice that I've been reading on replacing the ignitor work for this scenerio?
Old 10-11-03, 08:04 AM
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Hello Kimberly. Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances topic.

Most likely the hot surface glow ignitor is defective. The glow ignitor may be glowing but simply not hot enough to pass enough current to the gas valve.

A hot glowing surface ignitor, working correctly, will glow an intense bright yellow orange in color. Any reddish color or a dull orange color indicates the glow coil is weak.

Best first attempt to fix the problem is to replace that ignitor. Unplug the appliance and remove the existing ignitor. Replace it with exact OEM ignitor.

If the ignitor isn't glowing at all, the part must be replaced. Position the new hot surface ignitor exactly as you find the existing one attached. Double check all electrical connections before turning the power back on or plugging in the appliance.

If it is required to remove the burner, be sure it too gets installed exactly as you find it now. The end of the burner tube with the air shutter adjustment must be installed back onto the gas valves bronze or brass orifice. The other end of the burner tube must be secured as it currently is.

Glowing hot surface ignitors are fragile & break easily. Handle and install the new ignitor carefully. Glowing hot surface ignitors are a non returnable and non refundable electric componet. Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs.

Most replacement ignitor come already equipped with the quick disconnect reinstalled on the wire end of the new ignitor. If not you will have to clip off the end from the old ignitor and install it on the new ignitors wires. Polarity is not important in this case.

Try this first and note the results. If it resolves the problem, post back the results. If the new ignitor does not correct the problem, than the only other option may be to replace the gas valve.

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. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

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Old 10-11-03, 09:36 AM
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Wow, thank you for all the information. I will certainly check for an appliance place and discuss further with them the info that you've given me. I will report back the results. Thank you!

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