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Gas Oven Won’t Light DIY Repair Video

by The Handyguys

in Appliance Repair, 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?

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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!
Anthony

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 http://youtu.be/-RZtxSvOe-U

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Handyguys December 2, 2014 at 8:28 am

Could be several things. Ingnighter or safety valve possibly.

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anthony December 29, 2014 at 12:31 am

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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.

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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.

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Ed Alfano February 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

Gentlemen,

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,

Ed

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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.

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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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James Wagner March 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I watched the video on the gas stove not igniting and my oven the igniter lites up but will not come on, could the ignitor still be bad

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James Wagner March 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I watched the video on the gas stove not igniting and my oven the igniter lites up but will not come on, could the ignitor still be bad

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The Handyguys March 16, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Its possible its still bad but more likely you have a different issue, maybe gas valve, safety shutoff or something else related.

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Vinnie March 18, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Ok here is a weird one for you. My oven heats up randomly, or at least it use too. 2 or 3 times an hour when the oven was off, it would turn on and ignite the burner for a few minutes then shut off. I started turning off the gas and unplugged when it wasn’t in use. Now it won’t light at all. I’m guessing unplugging it might have done something to the safety valve, but I’d like to figure out the random lighting before I replace it. The little glowy thing still randomly lights if I plug it back in, but no gas is coming out.

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The Handyguys March 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

The little glowy thing could still be bad, its cheap and easy to replace. I would start there. Our parts partner has an awesome return policy. Just get both parts and return the one you dont need.

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Kris April 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Hi!
My question is about a Kenmore gas oven. It lights but if I drop the temperature below 400, the gas shuts off. The burners on the stove work fine. Its a old oven and I am wondering if its something a repair would fix or should I just plan on replacing it?

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The Handyguys April 1, 2015 at 4:26 pm

If the oven is not rusted out and looks good then I would go ahead and try to fix it. Newer ovens have a lot more fancy electronics and stuff that could go wrong. Look for the appliance parts search on our site. Plug in the model number of your oven.

I coudln’t really say exactly what is wrong but possible look for a part called the thermocouple. It shouldn’t be that expensive and may fix your issue. If not that, a thermostat maybe, a gas valve or other safety mechanism could be bad.

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Duffy April 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

oven only lights if I turn the gas regultor to the oven off and on a couple of times, replaced the regulator and still does the same thing

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Kat April 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Hey guys, I’ve got an older model, in-wall gas double oven that won’t light. It operated on a standing pilot light and when you attempt to turn the oven on, the heating pilot is active and has the correct flame, but it won’t catch on the main gas burner bar to create the heating flame. Could it be something wrong with my gas safety valve? or could it just be a problem with my actual burner? I can’t afford an entirely new oven, so any help would be appreciated.

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The Handyguys April 28, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Its hard to say. It could be the gas valve, thermocouple or some other part. Put your model number in the parts search on this site, you will get back a list of parts from Repair Clinic. They will let you return parts you dont use. Go ahead and buy a new gas valve and thermocouple (if equipped) plus any related parts or assemblies. Return what you dont need. I would start with the thermocoupler if so equipped.

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Dona Ryan May 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Model # TGP300TQ1
Serial # VEY0503132

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Carol Jenkins June 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

After a short power outage my gas oven will not light. There is not gas smell coming from the oven when I turn it on. Now the stove top burners are lighting inconsistently when turned on. I hear the click click of the igniter and smell gas but they won’t light.

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The Handyguys June 9, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Very weird. On the top burners. Can you light them with a match or lighter or does it seem like air blowing from the burner? I cant be sure from here but the symptom seems like how a stove might act when the gas valve was shut off for a while or after a propane tank runs out. Try getting a top burner lit and run it for a while, make some tea or something. This will help purge any air in the lines. Then re-evaluate the situation. If you still have trouble it may be time to call a repairman.

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Tim July 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

Quick question…my wife ran the self-cleaning mode on our gas oven a couple of weeks ago, and the last two times she has tried to use the oven we get a gas smell, then after shutting the oven off and waiting a few minutes try again and the oven starts heating up without a gas smell. Is this the igniter, or sound more like a controller? What should I do first?

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Alison Hyder October 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

My pilot comes on nice, big and blue ( it shoots blue both up and down) but is not igniting the bar for the oven or broiler. I think that I pushed it or the pin out of place yesterday with an oversized broiling pan because the oven worked before that. Unfortunately I don’t know what it is supposed to look like when correct. I have a Premier, don’t know what model but it has an electronic ignition. Photos upon request!

thank you!
Alsion

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The Handyguys October 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

I would just replace the damaged part(s).

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Joe Viaene October 30, 2015 at 4:32 pm

I have a G E stove #JGBP79WEW1WW. oven igniter would not glow, checked voltage going to igniter, was at 120v. Installed new igniter, still wont glow, voltage still seems fine (120, 121v) .. What else could be the problem?. Broiler and stove burners all work fine..

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The Handyguys November 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

Bad connection perhaps. Check Ohms resistance of the ignigtor. There is a video at repair clinic describing that testing.

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Jen November 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Hi. We have a older, small Holiday oven. All 4 burners are lighting fine but the oven wont heat or tufn on. What could the problem be? It was working fine 2 days ago

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The Handyguys November 10, 2015 at 10:45 am

Did you check the ignoghtor like described in the video?

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James Abbott November 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

I have a Hotpoint stove and when I have broil knob on in front and shut gas cock in back of stove from closed to open position it works!However when gas is on and I shut knob off in front and go to turn back on in front I get no flame!Any suggestions?

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The Handyguys November 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Not sure, sorry.

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Iola November 13, 2015 at 1:43 am

Hello, I have an older Magic Chef 31fA 8x EL. The stove top burners work fine, however, the oven center bar will not light up to heat thw oven. The pilot is on. What could be wrong. Not sure if this one has an igniter. Please help. Thanks in advance

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The Handyguys November 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm
Cody November 21, 2015 at 11:32 pm

GE gas oven. Oven won’t light. Igniter won’t glow. Replaced igniter. Same problem. I’m at a loss. The guy at the parts store pretty much guaranteed this was my issue. Can I use a multimeter to test voltage to the igniter? I did before I replaced it and didn’t get any voltage coming off the igniter connector. I’ve got continuity across the gas valve as well, so it should have a live neutral. I just don’t know about the thermostat knob. Any ideas?

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The Handyguys December 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

Repair clinic has a video on testing your ignighter.

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Bobby November 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Hi I saw in other comments that a gentleman had done a self cleaning on the over and the igniter went out. I replace the part and put it in but it still won’t turn on not even a little red. So I was wondering what safety valve is there to look at and how do I know it’s the new igniter I have a Kenmore oven model no. 362.7556191

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John Perkins November 29, 2015 at 9:31 am

I have a Kenmore model 36275478691 stove. The oven igniter will come on but will not light the burner until you turn the top burner knob to lite and let it spark a few times then the oven will lite. This should be 2 separate systems. What is my options. Thank you

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Donna November 29, 2015 at 10:11 am

Hello,
I have a magic chef model 8114p32460. I’m not able to find a ignitor for that model. I was wondering could I use another ignitor?

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The Handyguys December 3, 2015 at 9:27 am

I would search the parts search here. It will take you to repair clinics site with a list of your parts. if you don’t see your part then ssk them that question.

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scott laxton November 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

Amana model#AGG222VDWO

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Stephanie December 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

I have a Frigidaire stove model number FGF 355 AWE my stove will not heat could you tell me what the problem maybe

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The Handyguys December 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

It could be exactly what we show in the video. Try a new Igniter. Put your model $ in the parts search on our site, the Igniter is the first part that will come up.

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Mikael Navarrette December 28, 2015 at 3:47 pm

I just replaced the igniter and it glows, but it’s not lighting the pilot. My stove works just fine. I can’t smell any gas, what else could it be?

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The Handyguys December 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

it could be installed incorrectly (not positioned where it should be) or you could have a faulty gas valve or safety shutoff.

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Deborah January 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Broiler was left on and burnt up igniter. Replaced igniter and it works, but broiler burner won’t light. It will if done manually. Any suggestions?

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The Handyguys January 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Broiler will have separate ignightor from oven

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Jon K. January 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I have a gas stove Model # WFG510S0AB and when I turn it on I smell the gas but it will not light itself. When I pick up the cover at the bottom and light it with a lighter it stays lit. All these signs point to an igniter being the issue but I am hoping to confirm with you guys. What do you think?

Also, commendable job on answering questions to a video that is almost 2 years old! Thanks!

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The Handyguys January 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Sounds like a bad ignighter. They are cheap and usually easy to replace so you don’t have much to loose in trying it.

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Brad G January 22, 2016 at 6:02 pm

I have a double oven Kenmore Elite Model #79078909001. Neither oven will light. The glow plugs do glow. The broiler works. The stove top burners work. I turned the top oven on and after 20 minutes it was at 160 degrees. I then turned one of the top burners on and after 30 seconds the oven lit and heated up quickly. The oven apparently isn’t getting the signal to ignite. Why would turning on the top burner get the gas to flow to the oven and ignite? There is no gas smell. The oven was purchased late 2011. thanks for any help/advice you have.

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The Handyguys January 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm

I have no idea what the issue could be. Maybe something electronic, I don’t know for sure. I don’t see a control board listed at repair clinic. I don’t see most parts for your model at repair clinic. Sorry I’m not more help.

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Arthur January 31, 2016 at 7:11 pm

I’m having a problem with the oven not igniting, the igniter glows and do smell gas but no flame. I just wanted to know if that was the problem you had with your oven ? The make and model, Westinghouse, MGF345BBDB.

Thanks for you help and advise.

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Steve April 23, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Have a GE JGBP27DEM6WW. When turning the oven temp knob the self clean light slowly flashes,and a relay starts clicking but oven won’t turn on. checked the switch to the door lock switch, it’s fine.Replaced the control PCB for the oven , still the same symptoms. Any Ideas? Thanks

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Timothy McKenney May 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

just started; baked 3 messy cakes and made a mess in it; fire mess. cleaned up and used a second ok. NOW; the glowing igniter works just fine and stays lit; gas flow never begins in the pipe, :(, mass food goes to an old people city center. piece that’s the glowing part? or something electronic that opens the gas flow?

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Scott May 22, 2016 at 9:05 pm

I have a Whirlpool gas oven. When I turn it on, I can hear the igniter (or whatever is in there) clicking, but the gas won’t light to heat it. The stovetop works. The oven works when I manually put a flame to where the gas comes out. Does it sound like the igniter is the problem?

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The Handyguys June 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Yup – Put the model number into the parts search on this site and you should get back a list of possible parts you can order from our friends at repair clinic.

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sherre May 25, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Moved into a new house, magic chef gas oven pilot light out. the top burners come on after a few clicking sounds but the oven does nothing. how do I light the pilot for the oven?

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The Handyguys June 14, 2016 at 12:04 pm

There may NOT be a pilot light. The clicking indicates an electronic ignition, I would suspect the oven is the same. Are you sure the oven doesnt work? Set a temp and wait a bit and see what happens. If you smell gas, turn everything off an exit the house, I doubt that will happen tho.

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Mike June 8, 2016 at 10:30 pm

So my broiler igniter glows and ignites the broiler but the lower igniter won’t glow. I removed it and feed it 12oV directly and it glows fine. Wound something controlling the igniter have gone bad or should I still try replacing the igniter? Thanks

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Anthony June 11, 2016 at 6:47 pm

My glow plug is working but the oven will not lite it’s like the gas valve is not working I replaced as Ced the oven Oct 2014

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Ray June 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm

My oven would not light, but the igniter glowed brightly. No matter, said the forums, the igniter is the problem and the only way to know is to change it out. Ordered new one, and it made no difference. After trying a few times with no luck, I tapped vigorously with the handle of the screwdriver on the control valve…AND IT LIT. It was just Stuck! Tried it several times again before putting it back together. I now have a spare igniter and $17 less in my pocket.

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