Model #79079112201 KENMORE Range, Electric/Gas

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Q:

ignition problem kemore elite dual fuel range cook top mod. 79112201

A:

Having the burners igniting on there own sounds dangerous and I will be happy to help. While you are waiting for your expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with some good information to help you with your question. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
August 02, 2011
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The problem will be with the switches that mount on front of the burner valves. If you have recently spilled some water on the front of the range or cleaned under the burner knobs, the switches might have gotten some water in them. The water inside the switches will cause the electrodes to spark continuously. Most of the time the water will dry out and the problem will go away.

If the switches are dry and the electrodes are sparking, you need to replace the switches that are mounted to the front of the burner valves. The switches come as a set of 4 and must be replaced together. The ignition module can't cause the problem you have.

You can test the switches with an ohm meter. The switches should open and close as you rotate the trigger in the center.

The information Joey S sent shows you how to access the switches. It is a pretty good job to remove the range top and the control panel cover to access the switches. The instructions cover the process pretty well.

If you have more questions, reply on this thread and I will be glad to help.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 04, 2011
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Jimmy, Thank you for your response. Actually I have already tested the igniter switches and they all seem to operate just the way I assume they should. With an ohm meter I have no continuity with the the switches in the "off" position and I do have continuity on each of the switches when they are turned to the "ignite" position. I have disconnected the gas so there is no chance of accidental gas ignition.(testing is done from spark module leads disconnected from module) There has not been any recent washing/spilling of any kind of liquid on the stove. This all started when one burner was turned on (an lite), but the igniter would not turn off without unplugging. After plugging back in to power all 4 igniters fire continuously with all control knobs if the "off position". Do you still think this is a control switch problem?

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Robert -
August 04, 2011
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Robert, it doesn't make sense for all the switches to check good, but the ignition module fires the electrodes continuously. Look at the cams on the switches, and with them installed on the gas valves, do the cams rotate to on and off when you rotate the gas valve shafts? The switches provide line 1 voltage to the ignition module when they close. Neutral is supplied to the ignition module at all times. When the ignition module receives 120 vac it fires the electrodes. You can see a wiring diagram and schematic of the range by clicking the "get parts" link beside Josephs icon. I am very curious. Test the switches across the red and black wires to the switches. Disconnect the red wire from the ignition module so you can't get any backfeed. Let me know what you find. I am off work Saturday and Sunday, but I would like to know what you find.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 05, 2011
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