oven failed to light

ApplianceGeneral Electric Oven


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair1- 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Nutdriver
Screw drivers
Socket set

jim From takoma park, MD

May 18, 2013

Removed door easy just lift off hinges, remove bottom drawer,remove racks and burner cover at the bottom (two slotted screws in back). Igniter visible on right side of the burner tube. However, it is mounted below the burner tube making it difficult to reach the two screws that hold it to the flange on the burner tube becasue there is no space between the lower burner cover and the burner tube. I tried removing the lower cover (several screws but didn't not come out. However one of the screw held the burner tube in the front. With the screw removed the tube raised up enough to get the the igniter's screws actually 1/4 hex head bolts - no room for nutdriver so used a socket. Wprked but very awkward reaching in with one hand but doable. Wiring was simple just put new leads through the holes in the back of the lower cover and make the connection underneath. The hard part was putting screws back in the ingniteer - unfortunately there are holes directly beneath the igniter and there is a second layer below the burner tube cover which neatly caught the screws as they slipped out of my socket. No way to retrieve them. So I tried the new screws that came with the igniter but they were too long and hit the burner tube before they got tight. To save a trip to the hardware store mid-repair I added two small washerse under the head of the new screw to keep it from hitting the tube. Worked ok and oven fired up immediately when turned on the oven. Another hint be careful removing the burner cover at the bottom of the over ours was covered by blogs of burned grease that really messed up the floor and my not-so-good anyway pants. Jim

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Round Style Oven Igniter

Part Number: PS243425

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