Gas Oven Spark Ignition Problem

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Old 11-18-04, 04:56 PM
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Gas Oven Spark Ignition Problem

I have a Whirlpool model GS395LEGQ. My problem is very intermitent, there are times the oven works fine and other times it doesn't. It will always light initially, but on ocasion it will fail to re-light to maintain temerature. I can hear the electronic ignitor clicking, but it doen't ignite. This problem has been very annoying. It seems like it is working fine and then it will go through a spell of not working, then, just as quickly seems to "repair" itself.

Any thoughts or suggestions on this will be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 11-18-04, 05:13 PM
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Possible Causes For Intermittent Sparking

Hello MJB. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Intermitten lighting, of a pilot flame, from a sparking ignition source to light a pilot flame, can be caused by a dirty pilot assembly. Clean it by using a can of computer key cleaner. Insert plastic extension tube into can. Other end into pilot assembly and blow out the dust. Also blow out air opening hole(s) in the pilot assembly.

Do this step regardless of whether pilot assembly needs cleaning or not or you think it may or may not. Usually works to resolve the condition described. Once completed and assembly dry, retest. May solve the condition.

If not, the spark may be to weak. May spark once or twice strongly but not so afterwards if pilot does not light immediately. Indicating a weak spark. In that instance, clean sparker element with light weight sand paper or steel wool.

If that does not resolve the problem, sparker may need to be replaced and or the spark module needs to be replaced. Spark rod may also be out of alignment with pilot assembly. Spark rod needs a ground to spark to and the pilot assembly is the ground to which the spark jumps.

Retail parts dealers and appliances parts stores can also help determine what the possible problem may be based upon that specific brand and model. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Dealers and appliances parts stores are listed in the phone book.

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Old 11-18-04, 08:04 PM
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Thanks for the advice...I'll give it a try
 
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Old 11-18-04, 08:15 PM
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Hi: MJB

Below are web sites which may help with info, etc.
The Sears site may have info too.
Sears site as a cross referrence to the mfg's site.
Try the search using Whirlpools #'s in Sears Search Site.

Gas Appliance Parts & Repair:
Sears Home Page:
http://www.sears.com

Sears Search By Model Number Page:
http://www3.sears.com

Whirlpool's Home Web Site: (Also makes appliances for Sears)
http://www.whirlpool.com

Additional Sites.
Advertisers & Sponsors Web Sites:
Appliance Parts, Pictures & Help:
http://www.PartSelect.com

Appliances Parts & Help:
http://www.pcappliancerepair.com

Kitchen Appliance Parts:
http://www.parts-depot.online.com

DIY Help Links:
http://links.doityourself.com/
http://links.doityourself.com/links/appliances/
Appliance Help Links:

DIY'S Gas Appliances, Parts, Installation Supplies and More:
http://doityourself.com/store/plumbing.htm

DIY'S Gas Appliances Pages:
Ranges, Stoves, Ovens and Appliance Tips.
http://doityourself.com/gasapp/index.shtml
 
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I did clean and eventually replace the spark module, but it still intermittently does not work. In fact I have the the broil option on my oven and that also does not work sometimes. Could it be something electronic?
 
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