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Q:

Why does my oven fail to ignite properly at times even though the ignitor is glowing?

A:

Check to see if the broiler is igniting and heating properly.

The broiler and the bake burner use the same exact ignitor. If the broil ignitor is working properly then you may be able to unplug the range, shut off the gas supply and switch the ignitors. If the bake burner works properly with the broil ignitor installed then your likely failure was the ignitor. You can then replace the failed ignitor to fix this intermittent oven heating problem.

A technical explanation of the ignition process in this type of oven is shown in the image below. Even though the bake ignitor is glowing, the resistance of this component may not be decreasing enough at times for the proper current to flow through the gas valve for it to open. A technician will normally check the amp draw in this circuit to verify the failure. This may not be necessary if the bake burner ignites properly after switching the ignitors.

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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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 17, 2010

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