My Whirlpool gas range's bake function started to act up after a grease spill, so it seams. The top burners work just fine. The broiler lights up immediately with no problem, but the bake does not. Sometimes it would light right away with a little 'spoof' ignition sound, but sometimes it takes several attempts for it. And lately it would either not light up at all or, the worst, it would not reignite during a baking cycle, so the temperature is not maintained. I can hear 3-4 igniter clicks each time, I can hear the gas hissing, but the oven does not light up, then I can smell some gas. I read here that there could be an issue with losing good ground between panels because of the spill and so the igniter is not able to get its proper spark or it could be a faulty igniter (I hope it's that, the part is pretty cheap and seems straightforward to replace on my own) or something else, not sure. From what I've let you know, how do you recommend I proceed to diagnose the problem further? Thanks.
While the oven igniter could most certainly be the issue with the unit, you will also want to check to make sure that none of the grease got into the ports of the burner itself. If this has happened then it will need to be cleaned out. If the issue then continues to occur it may be necessary to replace the burner or igniter.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Monday, June 02, 2014