Model #JGBS20GEV3WH Ge range (gas)

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Question and Answers

Q:

Why won't my GE XL 44 gas oven light, even using a lighter?

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Any range or oven that uses a glow bar oven ignition system can not be ignited with a match or lighter. The electronic glow bar igniter must glow red hot plus it must pull enough current/amperage to cause the oven gas valve to open. I added an image below with the ignition theory.

If the glow bar igniter is not glowing, it could have a broken bake igniter or a faulty electronic oven control. The igniter can be disconnected and tested for continuity with an Ohm meter. If it does not measure any continuity or resistance, replace the igniter. If it measure continuity/resistance, replace the electronic oven control if there are no loose or bad wire connections between the igniter and the electronic oven control.

The bake igniter #WB13K04 for GE gas range model JGBS20GEV3WH can be ordered from Sears Parts Direct.

If the igniter is glowing, the igniter is likely too weak to cause the oven gas valve to open.

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
June 12, 2012