Oven would not light
William A. • Nederland, CO • November 17, 2014
My Repair & Advice
My oven stopped working months ago, and since I was too cheap to call a repairman, and too busy to trouble-shoot it myself, we just did without it. With Thanksgiving approaching, my wife finally succeeded in getting me to look at it.
I took the bottom of the oven out, turned the oven on and saw that the igniter was glowing brightly as it should. I'd been to numerous websites where the consensus seemed to be that this indicated a faulty gas safety valve, so I ordered one from Appliance Parts Pros. While I waiting for it to arrive, I happened to run into an appliance tech I know and described the problem. He said that bad igniters are much more common than bad valves, and that contrary to what I'd read online, an igniter can glow and still be defective. He also knew that most people in my area are on propane, and told me that the valve I'd ordered would certainly be jetted for natural gas. Compare the orifices, he said, the natural gas ones are visibly larger than those set up for propane.
When the new valve arrived and I compared them, sure enough, they were obviously different, so I'll be returning it.
I installed a new igniter, very easy, and the oven fires right up, ready for turkey.
The lessons here are, a) don't believe everything you read online, and b) seek expert advice when you can get it.
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