GAs Range Slow to reach temp

Old 10-23-05, 08:21 AM
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GAs Range Slow to reach temp

I have a Kenmore range
Model 36275875691
When calling for temperature, or in the heating mode:
Electronic pilot ignitore functions, visible inspection that it glows, the burner will light, yet the gas turns off to the burner after 4 or 5 seconds, then the gas will turn back on after 4 or 5 seconds...hence it takes quite some time to come to temperature since the burner is only on for short periods...I am assuming my thermmocouple is OK, since the oven will give the audible alarm upon reaching set temperature, and the temperature does not exceed the set temperature (food does not burn, oven does not continue to call for heat). I checked the air mixture, and this is clearly not the issue. I am suspecting it is a regulator or a valve control failing?
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Old 10-23-05, 05:52 PM
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Dirty Pilot Flame Assembly or Weak Ignitor

Hello balddog. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic.

A pilot ignitor is a sparking ignitor. It does not glow. Only a hot surface glow ignitor glows. So if the ignition system use a sparking ignitor the lights a flame, chances are the pilot assembly is dirty. Which causes a weak (cool) flame. Not hot enough to keep the safety element it is heating hot enough.

Solutions is to clean the entire pilot assembly. Cautionary Note: Before attempting any repairs, be sure to unplug the appliance from the wall receptacle power source first.

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Old 10-23-05, 08:17 PM
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You say it glows so you have a HSI. Sounds like it is weak. Do you have an amp meter or volt meter. Or you could just change hsi. Take with you and get like for like. (I hate to say just change without amp reads, it kills me)

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