magic chef igniter problem


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Old 07-16-06, 06:30 PM
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magic chef igniter problem

I've got a magic chef gas stove, probably 15 years old that came with the condo I just bought.

Three burners work just great.
One of them (front right) won't light. When I turn to "lite" I don't get clicking. There is plenty of gas flow as I can light with a match or by lighting the back right burner.

Since both burners on a side share an igniter I am assuming there is an electrical problem somewhere, and I should carefully check the wiring from knob of the faulty burner to the igniter.

Any disagreements with this diagnosis? Also - is it worth the effort. I don't see any easy way to inspect/replace the wiring without a fair amount of work. Given the other burners are functional and it is not too difficult to light this one - is this an easy repair?

Many thanks.
 
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Old 07-16-06, 09:23 PM
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Hello tap8 and Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic.

Chances are the switch, located on the valve stem of the gas valve, to that burner is defective. If you have an OHM meter, unplug the appliance or turn off the electrical power to it and do a continuity test the valve.

Here is one way to accomplish that. Disconnect the two wire quick disconnects to the switch. Insert one end , alligator clip end, to the switch. Either end or side is fine. Insert the probe end into the other and of the switch.

Set meter to test for continuity, and turn valve on to light position. Meter needle should swing all the way to right side of scale. If it does not do so, switch is defective.

Lift switch off valve stem and replace. Can also do test with switch off stem. Removal is easy and install like wise easy. Can also continuity test wiring to igniter from switch.

Sparker may also be defective and or dirty. Not connected or ground clip not adjusted, etc. Look for obvious clues about non working sparker and those that do work.

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Old 07-16-06, 09:38 PM
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thanks for the tip

I don't have an ohm meter handy, but your rationale makes sense to me. I now see it would be pretty easy to switch out.

Time is more valuable than money to me right now (at least on the scale we are talking about), so I have ordered a new switch ($20).

It's not the sparker. For the stove I have the two burners on the right side share a sparker - right back burner works just fine.
 
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Old 07-22-06, 01:19 PM
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Thumbs up It worked! Thanks very much.

Ordered new switch, they came in during the week, but I didn't want to disable the stove. $15, they came in a four pack.

Simple easy repair, done in ten minutes or so.

Pulled to stove from the wall. Unplugged and turned off the gas at the cutoff valve.

Took off the burners, the stovetop, and pulled off the knobs. Unscrewed the 4 screws on the top, two on the bottom.

Pulled off the troublesome switch, and wiggled out the wires (took a couple of pulls but them came out) - put the wires in the new switch and put everything back together.

All in all a success. Now I need to do is fix the drawers that stick...
 
 

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