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Gas Oven Won’t Light DIY Repair Video

by The Handyguys

in Radio, Video Podcasts

Your gas oven won’t light, what do you do? In this Handyguys video we do a fairly simple repair and saved big dollars!

What part do I need to fix my gas oven won’t light issue?

People call this part many different things such as

  • Hot Surface igniter
  • Burner igniter
  • Igniter
  • Starter

gas oven won't light

The part wasn’t expensive and our friends over at Repair Clinic have them in stock. Some will look a little different from this one depending on your make and model.  To make sure you get the correct part just enter your model number in the search box below this post and you will be taken to Repair Clinic.

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Anthony Pagano March 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

There are two issues that can arise from your gas oven, and they are both easy to diagnose and resolve without professional appliance service repair. Either 1. The oven won’t light or 2. The burners won’t light. This video is a great DIY guide to replacing the igniter for the oven not lighting. If you need help with the burner, you should try cleaning the burner holes to remove gunk that could be the cause of the issue. Once the igniter is cleaned, try test it. If this still doesn’t not fix the problem, you either need to replace the igniter, the igniter switch or the igniter control module.

Good luck!


The Handyguys March 4, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Thanks Anthony, maybe we do a burner troubleshooting video in the future. Some old styles may even still use a pilot light. We could perhaps even cover troubleshooting pilots that wont light or wont stay lit. I guess thats two new videos to add to the list.


Felita November 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

question rather than comment. i have a ge jgbs03ppw1wh stove range my oven pilot light is lit but the bar that lights up to heat the oven is not getting gas pumped into it. the top works fine. its a 21 year old stove and this is my first problem ever with it.


The Handyguys November 10, 2014 at 9:33 pm

It could be the thermocouple. On yours its part of an assembly called the Oven Safety Valve. Enter your model number in the parts search box below and scroll down until you find the part. If you have any hesitation about the install please call a professional. Good luck and let us know how you make out.


felita November 18, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Bought a new oven safety valve and my oven still won’t light. No gas pumping into the bar. IS my oven broke? Everything else still works. Pilot light, stove top.


The Handyguys November 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The safety valve stops the flow of gas if the pilot goes out or if the ignighter wont light. This video may help


The Handyguys November 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Also, since you have a pilot light. If the thermocouple connected to the safety valve is not installed correctly it wont work. I suspect you are very close to making this work. Ensure your thermocouple (the probe wire thingy) is exactly where the old one was.


felita November 18, 2014 at 9:49 pm

The wire is connected and positioned the same as the old one. i took pictures of step by step when I removed the old one to ensure I would place the new one exactly. Would the gas line hooked into valve go bad? It wouldn’t seem likely because I don’t smell any gas emmiting from anywhere strange.


The Handyguys November 19, 2014 at 10:44 am
Hector November 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Hi, I am fixing my stove,
It don’t light up it is a gas oven
With 5 years of use. The oven has been used twice. After a self cleaning
It does not work any more. The igniter makes a sound when it starts


The Handyguys December 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

Could be several things. Ingnighter or safety valve possibly.


anthony December 29, 2014 at 12:31 am



Lupita January 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

I have a double oven and on the top oven the top burner does not light up. The bottom burner does light up. Whenever I bake something, the top of the item does not brown but the bottom part does. Can you tell me what is wrong with my oven. Thank you.


The Handyguys January 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I cant say for sure but if your top burner uses an ingnighter like the one in this video the repair would be similar. Below this post there is a parts search box, enter your model number there and see if you can find an ignighter for the top burner.


Ed Alfano February 25, 2015 at 9:28 am


Last night my wife turned on the oven and it would not heat up after being on for more than 20 minutes.
I am of the opinion that most appliance problems can be fixed by the homeowner, plus I like to save my money for other things.
I went Googling and discovered your site. I watched the video about replacing an igniter and was all set to dive right in, but I decided to double check first. The igniter glowed and after a minute or two the oven lit and came up to temperature.
Can you think of any reason the oven would not light one day but did light the next?
We have a Kenmore model # 79071313703 it’s 6 years old. Thank you,



The Handyguys February 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Weird. I would still suspect a faulty igniter unless perhaps your power was out or something. Keep an eye on it, perhaps even order a new ignighter and keep it handy for the day it actually does go bad permanently. They aren’t too expensive. Below this post there is a parts search, just put in your model number and you will find the proper ignighter.


Ed Alfano February 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm

That’s a good idea because it is probably on the way out. Thank you.


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