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Old 09-29-01, 12:22 PM
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I have a 1984 Caloric Gas range with electronic ignition . When the oven is turned on the spark ignition for the rangetop burners runs continuously. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Old 09-29-01, 02:04 PM
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Hello N Long. Welcome to my Gas Appliances forum and the Do It Yourself Web Site.

In the oven, on a pilot assembly with a sparking ignition, there is a flame sensing element. The element looks like a thin wire rod. It senses the presence of the flame and turns off the sparker.

Apparently, the sensor is defective or the flame isn't heating it enough and or possibly not heating the senser at all. The sensing element should be directly in and encircled by the pilot flame and be glowing red hot.

If it is glowing red hot but isn't working, it will need to be replaced. If the pilot flame isn't encircled around the element, it may be slightly out of alignment.

Another type of spark ignition, has no seperate element. The sparking rod is the element. This part has a long slender ceramic case with a bent metal rod element. If it is defective or the control part it is connected to is defective, the condition you discribed happens.

Be Careful. Do not attempt to forcefully bend either type of sparking element. The metal rod breaks easily.

Read the manufacturers online web site for additional product information, problem solving methods, repair proceedures, pictorials and schematics, if available.

A source for orginal replacement parts is your local retail appliance parts store. Appliance parts dealers carry replacement parts for all appliances and are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Retail parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers if you stop in at the store. The info will help to determine the ignition system and possible problem causes.

As an alternate source for additional information and part sales, you may elect to patronize our online sponsor and check the Electric Appliances forum for parts.

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[Edited by Tom_Bartco on 09-29-01 at 06:09]

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