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I've got a three-year-old gas stove but the oven has stopped working. There's no odor of gas, and the burners work. I'm betting it's the oven burner ignition system.

Is there any way to be sure, and if that's the problem, is it something a first-timer should tackle?

NOTE Funny people mentioned washers. The washer went, too, at the same time; no noise, it just stopped pumping water so it had to be drained manually. And not the best time to spending a lot of money, not that there is ever a good time.

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Submitted by Jay on

I did this repair myself recently. The guy at the local repair parts place said it was a 95 percent chance it's the ignition coil. What happens is, you turn the oven on, the ignition coil, an electrical heating element essentially, starts to glow bright orange. The brains of the oven senses that current is going through the wire, hence it's ready to open the gas solenoid (a valve with a little electric motor to open and close the valve) to start the oven. If there's an open circuit because the element has broken, it won't open the solenoid, and it won't fill your house with gas.

If you're comfortable with basic electrical stuff--crimping wires, etc., there are instructions on the web. You have to be careful about insulation--there's pink stuff and heat shielding for the wires--but it's pretty intuitive. As I recall, I think the heating element for my oven, a 10-yo Amana, cost about twenty bux.

Submitted by lambert on

On the one hand, we propagate coin seignorage (now so mainstream it's the target of snark). Also, too, we fix stoves.

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Submitted by Jay on

Can make you very popular around the neighborhood. Unlike so many other things, it simply cannot be done anywhere else. For those who cannot afford professional help, functioning appliances make a huge difference in their lives. Such as, whether or not to have medicine versus scrubbing their clothes in the sink. Popularity doesn't pay the bills, but a side benefit can be home canned jam!

If you google around you'll probably find a snippet from someone who has done that repair on your particular brand/model. As I recall, you shut off the gas, unplug the stove, pop a few sheet metal or machine screws in the back, find the element and unscrew it, detach the connectors to the leads, put the new element in, reverse everything, and try putting the oven on. Worked for me. Find a good appliance parts supplier in your area. They're extremely valuable and will save you all sorts of expensive S/H costs.

I'll meet your coin seignorage and raise you Specie Circular.

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Submitted by wuming on

Lambert,
There are repair guides available for all major appliances-- you'll want to pick one up. The easiest way to do that is at an appliance repair supply store. Most major metros will have those kinds of shops, usually in an industrial area. They will also stock parts for your stove/oven. The book should have troubleshooting checklists inside. With gas you always want to double check that you are doing things right before you play around with it, and turn off the gas main outside your house before you start working on it.

Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

by the Love Pilot,no appliance guy he. But he reasearched a number of websites with diagnostic hints, found the make and model-specific repair guides on-line (the best was a private blog with pictures and everything). Then he went to the appliance repair store (with a pic of the washer and a tape of the sound it made that he took on his cell-phone), got the right part, and fixed the machine. cost-about 20$. And saved a barrel of money.

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Submitted by JugOPunch on

If you have a device (i.e. furnance, water heater, gas oven) there is gas valve involved or I expect that there should be one.

Funny how gas top burners don't include one. Just a thought.

Old technology thermocouple. New technology skinny wire. Both of them go into the initial flame.

They both build up soot. They can use a periodical cleaning off. a very very light rubbing of sanding paper or something less abrasive.

Water heater, Oven, Furnace. Gas grills are made for decorative fireworks in wild fires.

Now, when these thing-a-ma-jigs are dirty they don't receive enough heat to create enough mili-amps. It's the mili-amps that tell the gas valve to keep burning away. (Some bureaucrat decided that when it came to furnaces you better off chilled than fried. Go figure.)

Anyway, Here's the new low deal. They now have glow plugs made out of crappy highly resistant material. Some of these glow plugs really suck. They burn themselves out fast.

Water heater? I can deal with that. Oven? I can deal with that? Furnace? 5&deg, my water pipes cost a hell a lot more than having that glow blog on hand for backup. BTW, I have a backup burner assembly. (Shipper screwed up and sent me two. The professional parts store knows I have it. Never know when they might need to help a costumer out. It's the customer's as long as the post a deposit. They get the deposit back when the defective part is replaced by them filling for recalled replacement)

zzzzzzz I need to sleep.

Good luck with the oven Lambert.