gas stove won't light


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Old 03-02-04, 07:57 PM
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gas stove won't light

My mom has a GE stove about 7 yrs old. The pilot lights are lit, but when she goes to turn the oven on......nothing. She is on a fixed income, so I am trying to figure out if I can fix it without calling an expensive repair person in. thanks
 
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Old 03-02-04, 08:26 PM
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Hello Ney2. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Be glad to help you. If the oven has a constant burning pilot light, is it on now? Does it have another pilot flame which appears when the thermostat is turned on?

Or does the oven have a glowing hot surface ignitor? Stoves and ranges of 7 years old often do not have pilots. I'm trying to determine if the one in question has pilot flames or not.

If the oven does have a pilot flame there are several posibilities. If the oven has a glowing ignitor, usually less possible causes. Kindly advise using the reply button to add more details and include which type of ignition system the oven has.

The topic oven and range help information in this forum has many of the possible causes and solutions which may help you more quickly to determine the cause and resolve the problem.
 
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Old 03-03-04, 09:47 AM
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There is a constant pilot light on when you look under the broiler door. When the dial is turned to put the oven on, nothing happens. There is no sound of the gas "whoossh" when you usually turn on an oven The stove is a GE model JGBS03PPW1WH - if that helps. She is cleaning it thoroughly today, to make sure that is not the problem. Any help is appreciated. Many thanks
 
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Old 03-03-04, 10:57 AM
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Hi: Ney2

Thanks for the updated information. Helps me much more to understand the type of ignition system.

Be sure the pilot flame is all blue and completely across the pilot assembly. Best be would be to blow out the pilot flame. Than used a can of compressed computer keyboard cleaner and blow out all of the holes found in the entire pilot assembly.

The intent is to endure the pilot assembly is cleaned out of a lint. Than relight the pilot flame and note of the oven works. If so, the problem is solved. Most likely only had a weak pilot flame. Common problem and easily fixed in this fashion.

If the cleaning does not resolve the problem, the safety element the pilot flame heats is burner out or too weak to allow the gas valve to open. Replacement than is the only solution.

Let me know what the results are after cleaning the pilot assembly. Be aware than the electrical power will have to be turned off or the plug removed from the wall socket if any repairs are to be made. But "not" for the cleaning mentioned above.

Caution Note:
Chances are that safety device is a flame switch safety. These types use electrical current to operate. Any repairs to replace them must have the power turned off prior to repairs to avoid electrical shocks and damage to the operating system.

Do the cleaning first and than post back the results.
 
 

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