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Oven bake setting is not lighting. I need to determine what part I need.


Make sure that the gas cut-off valve for the range is fully open and that the range has an adequate gas supply provided to it. See if the burners are sparking. This will verify that you have electrical power provided to the range. If the burners don't spark, check the house circuit breaker for the range outlet. Plug a small lamp or appliance into the outlet to make sure that it is working.

The first image below shows the theory of operation for the glow bar ignition system on this range. The second image shows how to access the burner in the oven. Remove the bottom panel inside the oven. Turn on the bake burner and see if the igniter glows. If the igniter glows but the safety valve does not open to allow the burner to light, then you likely have a bad igniter. This is the most frequent failure in this type of ignition system. A technician would normally measure the amp draw through the wire between the igniter and the safety gas valve to verify this failure before replacing the igniter. Most people don't have a clamp-on ammeter. If you have one you can perform this test. If not, then replacing the igniter will likely fix this problem. You can order an igniter from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number for the igniter is WB13K21.

Be sure that you unplug the range and shut off the gas supply before accessing internal components.

If the igniter is not glowing, then you could have a bad thermostat, a bad igniter, an open safety gas valve, or a wiring failure in the burner circuit that would prevent the burner from igniting. You can unplug the range and measure the resistance of the igniter and the safety gas valve to check these components. The igniter should measure between 10 and 400 ohms. The safety gas valve should measure between 1 and 2 ohms. If either of these components are "open" (measure Ol -- open load or infinite resistance) then they will need to be replaced. If the safety gas valve is open, I recommend that you replace the igniter at the same time.

If these components are both okay, I recommend that you check the continuity through the thermostat (with the range still unplugged ). The third image shows how to raise the cook top to access the thermostat. Turn it on (with the range still unplugged and the gas off). Check for continuity (near zero ohms of resistance) through the leads on the thermostat. If it is "open" when turned on then this component will need to be replaced.

These tips should help you determine the parts that you need to fix this oven failure. If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

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
October 15, 2010

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