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How do I replace an Igniter in a Gas Wall Oven?

A safety gas valve and glow-bar oven igniter are included in most gas ovens. The components are connected in an electrical circuit. The safety gas valve opens when the glow-bar oven igniter is sufficiently hot to safely ignite the gas. If the oven igniter doesn't glow or isn't hot enough to open the gas valve, you should replace it. There is a separate igniter for the bake burner and the Broil burner in some ovens.

The bake element at the bottom of the oven and the broil element at the top of the oven provide heat for baking and broiling in an electric oven. If the oven isn't heating properly, you should replace them.

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the electricity and gas.

    Shut off the oven's power at the breaker panel. The gas shut-off valve must be turned off.

  2. Remove the bottom panel.

    Remove the oven racks if the oven interior is cool to the touch. The back of the oven panel has screws. Lift the back of the panel and push it back to open the oven panel. If you want to grasp the sides of the panel, push down on the front corner of the bottom panel. The bottom oven panel needs to be worked on. If you can't complete the repair because the door gets in your way, remove the door and follow the instructions in your owner's manual. Lift the door off the oven. The door should be on a pad.

  3. Remove the screws that hold the bracket.

    The igniter has holes in it that overlap with the burner. The igniter is held on the burner by a pair of screws.

  4. Disconnect the wire harness.

    (not-been-paraphrased) Detach the igniter plug from the wire harness by releasing the locking tabs on the connector. Pull the igniter out of the oven and set it aside for disposal. Tip: You may need to pull a wall oven from the cabinet to reach the plug for the bake igniter from behind the oven. Have a helper assist you when pulling the appliance out of the cabinet.

  5. Connect the new igniter.

    When plugging the igniter into the wire harness, be careful not to touch the new igniter carbide electrode. Premature failure can be caused by oil from your fingers. If the plug on the new igniter doesn't fit the original wire, use wire cutter to remove it. Attach ceramic wire nuts with insulation from the wires.

  6. Attach the igniter to its bracket.

    The mounter's holes should line up with the igniter's holes. Put the screws in and tighten them. The wires are in the way of the burner. The igniter needs to be positioned so that the holes in the burner are not overlap.

  7. Reinstall the bottom panel.

    Put the oven panel in place. The oven rack should be put into the oven.

  8. Turn on the gas and electricity.

    The oven has a gas supply shut-off valve. The oven circuit breaker is located at the breaker panel.

Time required: 45 minutes.

You would need the following tools: 1/4-inch nut driver, work gloves.

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