caloric over doesn't light

Old 11-12-05, 10:52 PM
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caloric over doesn't light

I have a Caloric gas stove/oven model RSK3700UW bought in 1993. The other day my wife turned the oven on but didn't light. Smelled of gas. I checked the bake ignitor it's a reddish color. From what Iv'e read this could be the problem. Broiler & stove works fine. Looks like 3 screws hold it in place. How do I get at the wire connection? Does the rear panel need to come off? Should I have it checked for proper amps? Thanks.
Old 11-13-05, 04:04 AM
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Hello Higgins1 and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances topic.

Replace the hot surface ignitor. (HSI) Chances are that part will solve the problem. Not to costly nor difficult to install. 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 ignitor is weak.

Before attempting any repairs, be sure to unplug the appliance from the wall receptacle power source first. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. Dealers can also perform tests on parts and stock replacement parts for all appliances. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

You can replace the ignitor yourself. First unplug the appliance. Loosen or remove the screws securing the glow ignitor. Follow the two wires attached to the ignitor. At the end farthest from the ignitor will be a wire pull apart quick disconect.

Disconnect the ignitor at that point. Install the new ignitor exactly as you found the existing ignitor. Replace each part in reverse order. Plug in the appliance and turn it on. The burner now should work.

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 set of wires and wire nut them together. There is no postive nor negative {polarity} to be concerned with.

Glow ignitors are fragile & they break easily. Handle and install the new ignitor carefully. Glowing hot surface ignitors are a non returnable and non refundable electric componet.

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Old 11-17-05, 12:53 AM
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I did land up cutting the wires and wire nutted in place. The oven works perfectly now. It cost me $49. Thanks.

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