Model #79078853606 KENMORE Free Standing, Gas

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Q:

Why won't the center oval burner ignite on my new Kenmore gas range model 790.78853606 even though all of the other burners work?

A:

Check the burner heads for spills or clogs as shown in the information from your owner's manual in the first image below. Make sure that you are properly using the lighting instructions as shown in the second image below to ignite the middle burner of the 3 burner bridge set. If a burner will not ignite with the sparking electrode, you can carefully try to ignite it manually with an aim & flame lighter or long kitchen match. Be careful if you try this method of ignition. You should only try this briefly after a burner is turned to the LITE position when gas should be flowing through the burner head. Do not allow gas to continue to flow through the burner head without igniting for a long period of time. This can be dangerous.

If no gas is flowing through the burner in the lite position, then you could have a failed burner valve. I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair this type of failure. If the range is still under warranty, this type of failure will normally be covered. Refer to your owner's manual for details of the warranty.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
October 29, 2012
Q:

we have a sporadic gas smell from our Kenmore Model#790.78853606

A:

A gas smell can really cause some concern and I will be happy to help. I did some research and I was able to find two links that describe similar questions. I hope this helps while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
April 24, 2012
A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

If you're smelling gas then there must be a leak somewhere. The oven gas safety valve may not always be closing after using the oven causing the leak or it could be from one of the many gas connections.

I strongly suggest calling another company or technician to locate the leak. You may even want to call the gas supplier and see if they can find the leak. Your model has a lot of places and components where gas could be leaking.

You can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
April 26, 2012
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Kenmore stove/convection oven - Model #790.78853606

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I understand the concern that you may be having with your Oven. I have taken the time to research on the Manage My Life website and have located a few links similar to your issue. While you are waiting foe a detailed reply from an expert I have attached the links below. Hope this is of help!!

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Priscilla V -
October 03, 2011
A:

Thank you for your question on the range melting the foil onto the oven bottom and the oven triggering the carbon monoxide detectors.

If you have covered the slots on the inside of the oven bottom with foil that is probably the reason for the carbon monoxide detectors going off.

Please do not put foil in the oven bottom, the heat is from below and it will melt all but the disposal aluminum sheet cake pans to the oven bottom.

The convection cooking is an electric element and works only when you choose convection bake.

The oven bottom is replaceable so all is not lost.

There are two screws at the back of the oven bottom that you can loosen and lift up on the panel from the back and then slide out from under the oven cavity front lip.

The replacement oven bottom part number is: 316400603. Check the link below if you decide to replace the oven bottom.

Oven bottom parts link .

If your range still trips the detectors then you could schedule service to come out with carbon monoxide meter to check the operation on the range.

Please use an external venting exhaust hood when using your gas range, because the gas range may be the only non-vented gas appliance in the house.

Depending on there location and sensitivity the carbon monoxide protectors have been known to be two sensitive. But it would be good to have the oven checked to make sure it is in compliance and within expectable levels.

Please let me know what you find out.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
October 04, 2011
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