Model #SF315PEPQ3 WHIRLPOOL Free Standing, Gas

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My Whirlpool oven will not light model #SF315PEPQ3, serial #VES4504152

A:

Having a good working oven is important. Home cooked meals are great. I did some research on www.managemylife.com. I found a couple of questions like yours. I am adding the links below to help you with your question while you wait for your expert response. I hope this helps you out.

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Marc H -
March 18, 2012
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

In order for the oven to heat, the electronic oven control/clock assembly must close the bake relay. When the bake relay closes, it completes the voltage supply (120 volts AC) to the bake igniter. The bake igniter must glow red hot and it must pull enough current to cause the gas valve to open.

Open the broiler drawer and start a bake cycle. You should see the bake igniter begin to glow. If it does not glow, it could be a faulty igniter, electronic oven control or faulty oven gas valve. The igniter and gas valve can be disconnected and tested for continuity using an Ohm meter. If one of the two tests open/no continuity; replace that component.

If the glow bar igniter glows, the igniter is too weak to cause the gas valve to open. Replace the igniter and your oven should ignite and operate again.

This may be the issue. If not, please reply and I will be glad to assist you further.

The igniter can be removed by removing the screw securing it to the side of the burner assembly. The igniter will have quick disconnect harness plug to disconnect. Reverse the procedure to install the new igniter. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing your range.

The igniter for the Whirlpool gas range model SF315PEPQ3 can be ordered from Sears Parts Direct.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then 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
March 20, 2012
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Hello Joey , Neither the broil nor the oven seems to glow when turned on. Does this help point to a particular item or should I proceed to test as you have outlined above? If so it looks like I need to remove the igniter and gas valve to check with ohm meter. Regards, Wes Spence

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Wes -
March 20, 2012
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Wes: Since the glow bar igniter is not glowing you will need to remove and disconnect the igniter and check it for continuity with an Ohm meter. You will likely find it broken. If the igniter measure continuity/resistance then disconnect the two wires from the gas valve and test across the two terminals for continuity. If the gas valve and igniter measures continuity, then I would suspect a faulty electronic oven control/clock assembly.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
March 21, 2012
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Hello Joey, Thanks for the responses to my questions. I thought I read somewhere that to access the igniter and gas valve I would need to go from the bottom of the appliance. Am I thinking right and could you provide some manual pages or illustrated diagrams for me to use as I attempt to get this oven fixed. I'm getting ready to disconnect the gas and tip it on its back or side but if I can access these parts from the back then it would be good to know that before I start. Thanks! Wes

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Wes -
March 24, 2012
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Hello, I found out by taking a closer look that the mounting screws are accessible through the front with the broiler tray removed and the wire connections can be checked by removing a small cover from the back of the oven. No continuity at the igniter so I replaced it and now the igniter glows when the oven is turned on, so it looks like you have helped me fix another one of my appliances!! Thanks a lot for taking the time to help use and provide professional answers to our questions. This service is so valuable to the person that is not helpless but needs some direction and insight into the workings of these appliances, and has helped me save money and some headaches of trying to troubleshoot the problems through trial and error. Regards, Wes Spence

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Wes -
March 24, 2012
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