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Offline Charlie E

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Broiler won't light
« on: November 05, 2008, 11:58:05 AM »
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I have a Whirlpool Gold slide in range, and it has been a real lemon.  I had to have the fan replaced due to noise, and the computer/control panel replaced because it went out (last year, just before christmas!) and now, the broiler won't light.

I hear the gas come on, igniter going off (snap! snap! snap!), but no 'whoosh' of the burner igniting.  If I open the oven door, I get a nice big whiff of unburned gas.

I suspect that the igniter is just dirty or something, but don't know for sure what the best way to clean it is.  I tried running a self cleaning cycle, but that didn't do anything.

It isn't like I have been cooking steaks or burgers under the broiler, I usually just use it to brown a sandwich or some fries.

So, any ideas on what to clean this thing with?
thanks,
Charlie

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Re: Broiler won't light
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008, 12:27:07 PM »
Their are 2 igniters, one for bake,one for broil. I think maybe you gonna need to replace the broil one.Looks like it ain't but $18 and some change.
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Re: Broiler won't light
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2008, 12:31:04 PM »
How much trouble is it to replace?  I see the one screw that holds it in, but wonder where the electrical connection goes to...

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Re: Broiler won't light
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 12:33:01 PM »
It goes to an expensive control board in the console. This is a spark ignition, right?

That electrode is looking for a path to ground thru the flame which is supposed to occur when it clicks. If gas is flowing the spark should initiate a lighting of the burner. The board controls the spark.

To test the electrode, I sometimes swap it with the bake electrode and check it again. If the broiler does not light, replace the board as the spark output is not significant enough.
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Re: Broiler won't light
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 12:52:25 PM »
Sorry you are right I looked at it wrong.
go here: http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?diagram_id=952071&&model_id=5139842
Part number 18 in the Internal oven parts page.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2008, 01:11:21 PM by JWWebster »
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