GE XL44 Oven Won't ignite

Old 03-08-07, 06:04 AM
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Unhappy GE XL44 Oven Won't ignite

Hi everyone,
I have a GE XL44, very basic model gas Oven/range.
Burners work, Oven doesn't.
When I turn on the oven the ignitors element does not glow. No gas smell.
Could it be the ignitor element? Switch?
Any help would be appreciated.
Old 03-08-07, 06:46 AM
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Hello mASSMAN. Welcome to Gas Appliances topic and our Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Replace the igniter. (HSI)

If that igniter is more than 2 years old or so, it has to be replaced with a new one. They do not last all that long. Nor are they too expensive or difficult to replace. And doing so is a first attempt correctional method for the do it yourself person. Below is basic diy instructions how to replace the igniter.

Replacing the igniter is most likely to resolve the problem. Be sure all the control panel selections are set correctly.

Remove the defective igniter, write down the model and serial numbers of that appliance and visit the local appliance parts store in your area. Purchase the replacement and handle it very carefully.

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

Simply clip off the wires several inches above the disconnect on the old igniter, attach to the wires of the new igniter 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 igniter 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, be sure 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 igniter's are fragile & break easily. Handle and install the new igniter carefully. Glowing hot surface igniter's are a non returnable and non refundable electric component.

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.

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