Gas Oven-bake/broil no worky

Old 12-29-01, 07:05 AM
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Hi, I have a slight problem. I have a GE XL44 Self Cleaning Gas Range which is only 3 years old. The other day I discovered that the bake burner does not light nor does the broil burner. The range burners on top function properly. When I turn the oven set knob to bake/broil the OVEN ON indicator lights but nothing occurs. I noticed that the common point for the bake/broil feature is a gas valve that has two outlets one for bake the other obviously for broil. Could this be defective? Any insite offered would be greatly appreciated.

Old 12-29-01, 08:47 AM
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Arrow ...Some Of The Possible Problems

Hello nb1234 and Welcome to our Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

In some applications, when some thingies don't workie, appyling all out...."BRUTE" force compels compliance...

Such is not the case, with ovens of course...LOL!...

The most likely cause may be weak and or burned out glow coils. Also check function selections on the control panel.

A hot glow coil, working correctly, will glow an intense bright yellow orange in color. Too much orange, any reddish color or a dull orange means the glow coil is weak. Replacing it should solve the problem.

Below is an excerpt from a prior posting which should help to further explain the situation and help to correct the problem.

Do not assume the glow coil is defective simply because it fails to glow. If there isn't any current flowing to the glow coil, test for electrical continuity to and from the thermostat. Be sure to unplug the power first.

It's always possible there is another defective part or switch that is in line electrically between the thermostat and the glow coil that is defective, incorrectly set, etc. and not allowing current to flow through the entire circuit. You may also need to verify if there is electrical continuity through the entire wiring system.

Check the control panel for proper settings. Be sure the clock is set correctly and the selector is set to manual and not in a timed bake selection. Be sure there is electrical power to the appliance.

Each wire should be checked through it's entire length. Check each electrical connection, terminal and junction connection. Also check for loose wires between the glow coil, gas valve and every switch.

Ovens with touch pad controls use electronic computerized circuit boards. This part could be removed and taken to the local appliance parts dealer for testing.

Also check for electrical continuity through the fuse. The fuses element may visually appear to be unbroken but electrically not functioning internally. The fuse is generally located at the end of the electrical power cord close to the oven burner gas valve.

The do-it-yourself person can do electrical tests and continuity tests on several of the parts often used in ovens. There are parts such as electrical thermostatson some models, sensors, timers, solenoids, gas valves, reset buttons, flame switches etc. used on either early, later and current oven models when neither of these tests will provide proof positive the part being tested is actually functioning correctly. Therefore, do not rely solely on either test.

Keep in mind, that the only positive proof any part is functioning correctly, is to carefully remove the part or parts you suspect to be the potential culprit, and have the local appliance parts store person run the required tests, if appliable and help make the final determination.

Read the manufacturers online web site for additional product problem solving information. Check the ARCHIVES, within this forum, for other postings on this topic and the replies offered. Within the archives of this forum, locate the "Gas Valves and Glow Coils" posting for additional do-it-yourself information.

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