1930s wedgewood oven not working

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Old 05-04-13, 03:09 PM
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1930s wedgewood oven not working

I have a 1930s wedgewood oven that came with the house I just bought. It appears to be in almost mint condition. The oven worked ok, although it never got to the right temp. We had to set it at 475 just to get it to 315 degrees.

anyhow, we had to turn the pilot light off to test for a possible gas leak in our house. When i turned the pilot light back on, it seems to work just fine, but the oven no longer turns on. The stove lights right up, the oven pilot is on, but the oven does not actually turn on. what could the problem be?
 
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Old 05-04-13, 03:25 PM
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Thermocouple would be my best guess. Not sure ovens that old had one but if it does it should be protruding into the pilot flame.
 
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Old 05-04-13, 04:38 PM
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Is this a one or two oven Wedgewood ?

I don't think ovens back then had thermocouples.
I think it may be a plugged orfice in the burner.
 
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Single oven if that helps. What is a thermocouple and it is something someone can fix if they don't know jack about gas ovens?
 
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A thermocouple is a device that generates electricity by the heat of the pilot light. That generated electricity tells the valve that since there is voltage available.....then the pilot is lit.
 
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Hello Patrick. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic.

If the pilot is already "ON" and the oven burner fails to light, look for a RED reset button. If the pilot isn't "ON" it must be re lit and left on about one minute prior to resetting. The reset button is on the safety device and usually RED in color and about the diameter of a nickel.

The valve, which has this reset button, is most often located under the lift able stove top cover. Look around the rear burners. It may located in the oven or broilers door frame. Another location may be in the storage compartment, if the stove has one, next to the oven and broiler.

Very old ranges may have the red reset button on the control panel under or nearby the clock. You'll just have to "LOOK" around to locate it, if there is only one. Some ranges have two.
 
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