Kenmore gas oven clicks will not light?

Old 10-30-07, 04:47 PM
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Kenmore gas oven clicks will not light?

I have a Kenmore gas stove bought in approx 1996 my problem is when I turn on the oven it clicks & clicks but main the burner will not come on, when I light what appears to be the pilot light with a match the pilot will light with a low flame but the main burner still won’t come on. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Les Thompson
Old 10-31-07, 08:03 AM
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Hello Les and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and to the Gas Appliances topic.

Most likely the pilot orifice in the pilot assembly is restricted. Thus restricting pilot gas flow. Clearing out the debris from the orifice and the burner flame holes usually works. Worth a first try attempt.

A can of compressed air use to clean computer keyboards usually works. Insert the plastic extension tube from the can into the secondary air holes just behind the pilot flame holes and right after the assembly nut. Blow air into both of the holes.

There will be two air opening holes. The trick is to direct the air at the orifice which is facing the holes. Then do this from the opposite side through the other air opening hole.

Then blow air into the hole(s) where the flames appear. The method used to do this and the above varies based on the type of pilot assembly used.

One of the types being horizontal with several flame ports and one type with only one large flame hole, etc. There are several types.

Usage of an small children's type tooth brush can be used to clean the ports on the horizontal type pilot assembly. Also can be used to clean the ignition ports where the pilot light flame ignites the burner flame.

Objective is to clear the pilot assembly without having to remove it, then disassemble it, clean it and reinstall it, if possible. Once the cleaning is done, test it.

If the above method works, task done... If not... the entire pilot assembly needs to be removed, cleaned and reinstalled. Use caution. The parts are rather tiny, can break easily, etc.

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Old 10-31-07, 08:28 AM
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Long shot - we have a Kenmore gas stove and if you do not put the flame distributor plate (I made up the name but it's sitting on top of the burner itself, it can be removed for cleaning) on just right, the burner will not light. If you have one of these try shifting it around a bit so it's exactly centered over the burner.

Good luck!

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