Oven igniter did not glow

ApplianceGeneral Electric Oven


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Socket set

Priscilla From Beverly, MA

Dec 12, 2012

First I got on line and Googled the GE XL 44 technical service guide PDF http://www.cagrimmett.com/justanswer/gexl44.pdf On page 31 is the flow chart for diagnostics for the oven circuity and obtained the information for the igniter /glow bar resistance, it's suppose to be between 50 & 150 ohms. I removed the oven racks and the oven door, it lifts right off from the first detent position, remove the lower drawer, removed the 2 screws at the rear of the bottom panel in the oven and lifted it out, you lift it from the rear and push toward the rear of the oven, front edge is under a lip. From the top now your looking at the bake burner and igniter assembly.
With the power and gas on I switched the oven selector to bake and confirmed the igniter wasn't glowing. Turn the power off or unplug stove, no need to shut off the gas, with no power the safety valve won't operate. Remove the front screw from the bake burner,1/4 in nut driver/ ratchet from here on out. From the bottom of the oven remove the lower heat/ radiation shield assembly screws, 2 on the front and 1 on each side, lower the front and remove, it locates on 2 tabs on the back. I disconnected the wire from the the thermostat, the green square connector then I disconnected the wire from the the safety valve, the red spade connector. I removed the 2 screws from the rear bracket of the burner and lifted the burner and igniter assembly out of the oven. Remove the 2 screws that attach the igniter to the burner. Now take your ohm meter, if your into it this deep you or a friend have one and check the igniter resistance/continuity. Yup it's dead, save it because you have to reuse the connectors. Now get on line with http://www.partselect.com and order part number PS243425.
Your new igniter arrived in a couple of days. Unpack it carefully and gently. Take you new and old igniter and place them side by side with the same orientation, tag or mark the green and red leads on your new one before you cut the leads off your old one, don't cut them too short, splice these two wires to the new igniter with the wire nuts provided. Reattach to the burner, 2 screws. Feed the wires back down through the opening at the back of the oven and reattach the 2 screws from the rear bracket of the burner then the front screw on top. Now plug the green square connector back into the thermostat lead and the red spade connector to the safety valve. Reinstall the lower heat/ radiation shield assembly. At this point I turned the power back on and switched the oven selector to bake and confirmed the igniter was glowing. Don't freak out like I did, it takes 15 or 20 seconds for thermostat to turn the igniter on.
Yup it works, reassemble the rest in reverse order and your done

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Round Style Oven Igniter

Part Number: PS243425

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