Caloric Gas Oven Ignitor

Old 08-06-04, 01:21 PM
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Caloric Gas Oven Ignitor

I'm not sure of the model of my Caloric oven but what is happening is I set the oven to bake and 400 degrees I see the oven light but about 10 minutes later the flame has gone out and I can smell gas. i had a repair man in who looked at it for all of 30 seconds and told me it was the ignitor and then said it would cost me $230 to replace. Does that seem a little high or is there a lot of labor involved in the replacement of this part.
Old 08-06-04, 01:53 PM
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Hello mfalz18 and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances topic.

If the ignitor (HSI) glows too weakly, not an intense bright yellow orange in color, it may be too weak to keep the gas valve opened. This part can be removed and replaced as a do it yourself project.

Removing the defective one should not pose any difficulties. Usually one or two screws attaches it to the burner. Remove the defective HSI, write down the model and serial numbers of the appliance and visit the local appliance parts store in your area. Purchase the replacement and handle it very carefully. Ignitors are fragile and are not refundable or replaceable if broken.

Install the new ignitor exactly as you found the existing ignitor. Be advise that some new replacement ignitors do not come with quick disconnect ends. In this case, it's okay to cut off the quick disconnect from the old ignitor and attach it to the new ignitor.

Simply clip off the wires several inches above the disconnect on the old ignitor, attach to the wires of the new ignitor and wire nut the two ends together.

Repeat the process to attach the other wire and wire nut that wire together. There is no positive nor negative {polarity} to be concerned with.

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, besure 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.

**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. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be advised the gas valve may also be all or part of the problem. Usually both the HSI and the gas valve are replaced at the same time. They work in pairs and may need both. Which would account for the seemingly high cost to fix the appliance. Not uncommon or costly, if both parts are replaced by a pro.

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