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Lowerbills

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Oven Repair Help Please!
« on: July 29, 2015, 09:41:53 AM »
Gas range and oven.  Burners work fine, and the broiler works, but the oven itself doesn't come on.

Any ideas?  Thanks in advance!


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Re: Oven Repair Help Please!
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 10:25:45 AM »
If the igniter lights up, but the oven never turns on, you might need to replace the igniter. Bad igniters don't get hot enough for the oven to sense the resistance change, so the gas stays off. It's a safety switch. Replacing the igniter is a $20 DIY job. Look on Youtube and be careful (i.e., unplug the electrical cord and shut off the gas; watch out for sharp edges, etc.).

Or it could be a control panel issue.

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Re: Oven Repair Help Please!
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2015, 09:50:50 AM »
velocistar237 is probably right, usually the ignitor is the problem.  Free tip: swap the broiler and oven ignitors to see if that helps, if it works you could leave it as is or swap them back and replace the oven ignitor. 

Sometimes you can find a wiring diagram on the back of the oven if you want to trace the power.  The ignitor is a cool device, yes it glows white hot to ignite the gas, but also is flows more power as it heats up to open the gas valve, old ones don't flow enough power.

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Re: Oven Repair Help Please!
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2015, 05:53:45 PM »
Or... if you're like me and have an ancient oven... Is the pilot light lit?   And if it's a standing pilot with a thermocouple, you'll probably have to hold down a button on the safety valve while you light the pilot -- and keep holding it for 30-60 seconds while the thermocouple heats up.

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Re: Oven Repair Help Please!
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2015, 02:16:19 PM »
Thanks for all the responses!

I called a local appliance repair place and just talked over the phone.  Without me saying anything about the ignitor, and just based on age of oven (2007), the service repair guy said he thought it was probably the ignitor.  Said for a GE with lots of use that's about typical age for it to go out if it's had a fair amount of use.

His estimate was $200 to replace.  So, now I need to track down the part.   It's in a rental and luckily the tenants aren't in too much of a hurry, but I want to get it up and running as quickly as possible.


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Re: Oven Repair Help Please!
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2015, 02:44:39 PM »
So, now I need to track down the part.

My range is a Kenmore, so when my ignitor needed to be replaced I ended up getting it from the Sears repair center attached to their outlet store. They might stock ignitors for GE too; I don't know.

Otherwise, the easiest (but possibly not cheapest) thing would be to see if the local repair place is willing to sell you the part without doing the labor.

I found the Internet to be almost as expensive as sourcing the part locally, and with a worse return policy in case I ordered the wrong kind.

By the way, when I replaced mine the ignitor plug had been heat-cycled so much that the plastic disintegrated when I tried to disconnect it. Luckily, the replacement came with some neat ceramic wire nuts. Be prepared (e.g. by having a wire-stripping tool on hand) for such a possibility.

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Re: Oven Repair Help Please!
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2015, 12:21:58 AM »
I found a replacement ignitor for about 30$ online, plus a video on how to install it. I did have my brother in law come over and help me install it because I was unsure on the wire-stripping, but in the end it was a fairly easy fix.