Aug 022013

It’s Saturday morning and you just put the finishing spices on a barbecue brisket, awaiting the aroma that fills your house as it cooks slowly all day long. You turn on the oven, and one of the most frustrating problems occurs–your oven does not heat up.

There are a number of reasons this can occur and if you’re unsure what to do, always call a professional, particularly when dealing with gas appliances. However, today we will show you how to repair one of the most common problems your oven can have: a bad bake ignitor.

Problem: Remember that familiar clicking sound you hear as your oven ignites and starts heating up? In this case you won’t hear it. If your oven takes a long time to ignite and light the gas or the gas doesn’t light at all, you may have a problem with your oven bakeignitor. If it takes more than one minute for the gas to light up and your oven to start heating, don’t use the oven because a gas explosion can occur!

Specific Diagnosis: Determine whether it is the bake ignitor by turning on the oven. If you cannot see the ignitor turn on, then check to make sure you have 120 volts of power coming in to your ignitor. If you have power going in, the problem is most likely the ignitor. If no power is going in, you may have a problem with your thermostat not sending power to the gas valve to open it. Again, if you diagnose the ignitor–TURN OFF YOUR OVEN IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID A GAS EXPLOSION.

Repair and Replace: Once you have successfully determined that you need a new ignitor, place an order for the part. You can order it online through Appliance Parts Pros as long as you have your oven model and serial number.

Here is a video showing you how to replace the oven ignition: