Oven won't hold temperature - Kenmore Gas Range


Old 02-27-12, 07:53 PM
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Oven won't hold temperature - Kenmore Gas Range

Kenmore Gas Oven Model 362 753 - Won't hold temperature

The oven will fire and reach preset temperture. But will not hold that temperature. Bake burner ignites correctly; initially. But when it needs to re-ignite after the temperature has dropped, the igniter glows and the burner lights. Things appear to be ok but suddenly the igniter and burner flames quit after a few seconds. The oven will try to re-ignite again in less than a minute. But it repeats the previous problem of cutting out after just a few seconds of burn time. And endlessly repeats this cycle.

This has been a great oven for us and has not needed any repairs till now.

Suggestion/Recommendations??? Igniter? Electronics?

Ron in Indy
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Hey Ron, I thought I might offer a guess. Your ignitor is ok, but the electronics, maybe not. Could be that a flame sensor/probe is going bad or even out of position slightly and not in direct contact with the flame, therefore not sending the signal the control module needs to keep the valve open. Can't explain why it would opperate at all unless it reacts differently when cold. Not familiar with your model but if its similar to some of the ones I've seen, the flame sensor will be a single wire component that simply plugs into the module and fastens near the burner.
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Hello Ron and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and the Gas Appliances topic.

Most common causes for the problem described is a weak glow igniter and/or a defective gas control valve. Usually best to replace then both but you may try replacing only the igniter (HSI) on the first attempt to resolve then condition.

Glow igniter's known as Hot Surface Igniter's (HSI) wear out and degrade over time. When heated they lose some of the electrical resistance they have which can cause burner cycling. Working initially when at room temperature but not well once heated by the burner flames.

Try replacing the HSI and note the results. Post them back here if additional advice or suggestions needed. Also read the sticky note that has additional information and instructions for replacing an HSI. I highly suggest buying the part(s) at a local appliance parts store too.

Retail parts dealers and appliances parts stores can also help determine what the possible problem may be based upon that specific brand and model. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Dealers and appliances parts stores are listed in the phone book.

Additional Suggestions:
Read the manufacturers on line web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, repair and or owners manuals which may be available on line.

Sears Appliance Parts & Repair:
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Sears Search By Model Number Page:

Whirlpool's Home Web Site: (Also makes appliances for Sears)
Whirlpool | Kitchen, Laundry & Home Appliances

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Before attempting any cleaning or repairs, be sure to unplug the appliance from the wall receptacle power source first.

Read The Sticky Advice And Information Note In This Topic: Range-Stove-Oven-Broiler Basic Help Information & Manufacturers Web Sites. http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=159808

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my oven doesnt work the igniter comes on but the burner doesnt light

Old 01-13-13, 08:46 AM
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I'm guessing you couldn't figure out how to start a new thread

A make and model would be an excellent start.
Propane or natural gas ?
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