Model #JGBS20WEW2WW GE Free Standing, Gas

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Q:

What is wrong when my GE oven wont work?

A:

When you turn the thermostat on your range on it sends 120 volts to the bake valve and ignitor. The bake valve and ignitor are wired in series and the ignitor draws all the current and heats up. As the ignitor heats its resistance changes and when it is cherry red the current switches to the gas valve and it opens. The amp draw on the ignitor needs to be 3.2-3.6 amps for the gas valve to open. The gas valve has gas to it at all times.

The gas valve should open within 40 seconds after the ignitor starts to glow.

If the ignitor is glowing red and the gas valve doesn’t open the ignitor is usually the problem. Sometimes the ignitor will glow red but the resistance doesn’t change and the gas valve doesn’t draw the current.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 06, 2008
A:

That is great information! Makes good sense, having come from an electrician background in Avionics and while looking at the wiring diagram. Can you recommend the proper replacement part number for the oven ignitor? Thanks so much. : )

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George -
January 23, 2012
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Hello George. This appears to be a response to the original question that you submitted (see link below). It appears that you will be able to safely check that amp draw to determine whether that bake igniter is bad. If it is, then you can replace that igniter. That model number that you submitted in your original question does not appear to be valid. I recommend that you recheck it. You can use that model number to access the parts list diagram on the Sears PartsDirect.com website and order that part. Let us know if you need more help.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 24, 2012
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