Without an igniter, you can’t actually bake with the oven. If you are experiencing some problems with your oven igniter that you don’t know how to fix, keep reading. In this article, we will show you solutions to your igniter problems.
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Oven Igniter Not Working — Causes And Solutions
Below, we talk about the possible reasons why your oven igniter is not working and show you what to do about them.
If your igniter is not working it is most likely faulty. To replace an oven igniter, do the following…
Step 1: Unplug the oven.
Step 2: Turn the oven around to gain access to the back panel.
Step 3: There should be four screws which hold the lower back panel of the oven.
Step 4: Remove the panel.
Step 5: Disconnect the wire connected to the oven igniter.
Step 6: Push the wire into the round opening at the back of the oven.
Step 7: Go to the oven’s front and open the door.
Step 8: Take out the racks in the oven.
Step 9: You will see the burner cover at the bottom of the oven interior, take out the two screws which secure it.
Step 10: Remove the burner cover.
Step 11: There is a metal plate above the oven burner, take out the nuts which hold it in place
Step 12: Remove the plate.
Step 13: Take out the small square cover and the nut in front of the burner.
Step 14: Pull out the whole burner assembly.
Step 15: Take out the two screws which hold the igniter in place.
Step 16: Get a new igniter.
Step 17: Screw the igniter back to the burner using the two screws.
Step 18: Push the igniter wire back through the hole at the back of the oven.
Step 19: Slide the burner back into place.
Step 20: Return the two screws which secure the burner.
Step 21: Return the square cover to the back burner and hold it in place wit the screw.
Step 22: Reposition the metal plate and secure it with the screws.
Step 23: Return the gas burner cover and the screws which secure it.
Step 24: Reconnect the igniter wire at the back of the oven.
Step 25: Screw the back panel back.
Note: Also follow the steps above to install an igniter in your oven
The video below will walk you through the process of replacing the igniter in your oven.
2. Safety Valve
If your oven igniter is not working after replacing it, you should check the safety valve. To test and replace the safety valve in an oven, do the following…
Step 1: Shut off the oven’s gas supply and unplug the power cord from the outlet.
Step 2: Get a 3/4 inch wrench and 9/16th inch wrench.
Step 3: Go to the oven’s rear.
Step 4: Use the 3/4 inch wrench to secure the safety valve and the 9/16th inch wrench to disconnect the gas tube connected to it.
Step 5: Open the door of the oven.
Step 6: Remove the rack or racks in the oven.
Step 7: Use a flat blade screwdriver to unscrew the oven’s bottom panel.
Step 8: Take out the bottom panel from the oven.
Step 9: Take out the screws or nut which holds the heat shield in place.
Step 10: Pull the oven’s bottom drawer forward.
Step 11: Disconnect the wires from the safety valve.
Step 12: Take out the two screws which hold the burner tube assembly. There is one at the front and another one at the back.
Step 13: Set the burner tube aside and unscrew the mounting plate securing the safety valve.
Step 14: Lift the mounting plate off the valve.
Step 15: Get a multimeter and turn the dial to the lowest ohms setting.
Step 16: Touch the multimeter’s probes to the terminals of the safety valve. If you don’t see a reading on the multimeter, the valve is faulty.
Step 17: Get a new safety valve.
Step 18: Position the bracket on the valve and secure it to the oven with the screw.
Step 19: Reposition the burner tube and hold it in place with the screws.
Step 20: Connect the wires to the new valve.
Step 21: Push the drawer back in and position the heat shield in the oven.
Step 22: Secure the heat shield to the oven with the nut or screws.
Step 23: Reposition the oven’s bottom panel and secure with the screws.
Step 24: Return the racks and shut the door.
Step 25: Go to the rear and connect the gas tube to the new safety valve.
Step 26: Turn on the gas supply and plug the oven’s power cord back in.
The video below will show you how to replace the safety valve in an oven.
If your oven igniter is not working but the safety valve also isn’t faulty, you should check the wires next. Make sure the wires are tightly connected to your oven igniter and safety valve. If the wires are tightly connected, inspect them for any damage next. If the wires appear cut or burnt, they may be the cause of the problem. Contact a technician to fix or replace the wires.
4. Control Board
A faulty control board is the final reason why your oven igniter is not working. If you have checked the components above but they aren’t faulty, the board should be replaced. Below, we show you how to do this…
Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord.
Step 2: Put on some cut resistance gloves for safety.
Step 3: Go to the oven’s rear and unscrew the upper and lower panels. Do this using a Philips screwdriver.
Step 4: Once you have unscrewed the panels, set them aside.
Step 5: Take a picture of the control board then disconnect the wires from it.
Step 6: Use the Philips head screwdriver to unscrew the control board. There should be about 2 to 4 screws.
Step 7: Get a putty knife and use it to carefully pry the overlay off the control board.
Step 8: Get a new control board and stick the overlay to it.
Step 9: Position the board on the oven and secure with the screws.
Step 10: Connect the wires to the new board. Make sure that each one goes to the right place.
Step 11: Reposition the upper and lower panels.
Step 12: Secure the panels with the screws and plug the oven’s power cord back in.
The video below will show you how to replace an oven control board.
Oven Igniter Keeps Clicking
There are a couple of things which could cause your igniter to keep clicking. The first thing is food debris. You will need to scrub the food from the igniter. If your oven igniter has a cover over it, take out the screws which hold it in place. Carefully scrub the igniter with a toothbrush.
Your igniter may also be clicking because it’s damp. Take out the igniter and use a paper towel to absorb the moisture. Let the igniter air out for a couple of hours to dry.
The igniter in your oven could be clicking because it’s faulty. Right above this section are steps and a video which will walk you through the process of replacing an oven igniter.
How To Clean An Oven Igniter
To clean the igniter in your oven, do the following…
Step 1: Open the oven door and take out the racks.
Step 2: Take out the screws at the bottom of the oven interior which hold the igniter cover in place.
Step 3: Take out the oven igniter and carefully scrub with a toothbrush.
Step 4: Once you are done, return it to the oven.
Step 5: Reposition the igniter cover and secure it with the screws.
Step 6: Return the oven racks.
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Oven Igniter FAQ
Oven Igniter Glows But No Flame
If your igniter only glows, it has probably failed. To get your oven working again, you will need to replace it. Follow the steps in the oven igniter not working section above to replace your oven igniter.
How Do I Know If My Oven Igniter Is Bad?
If your oven igniter is bad, it will glow yet not produce any flames.
Where Is The Oven Igniter Located?
The igniter is located underneath the oven interior somewhere close to the rear of the oven. You will need to take out the screws which hold the cover at the bottom of the oven to gain access to the igniter.
Why Is My Oven Igniter Hot
It’s normal for your oven igniter to be hot. When you turn the oven on, the igniter starts to heat up. Once the igniter is hot enough, it lights the gas sent from the safety valve to produce a flame.