10:37AM | 03/26/04
Member Since: 03/25/04
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Hi, I have a propane stove and lately the oven has stopped working. I thought I was running out of propane but the burners are still working and it's been about 8 weeks since the problem started. The oven will not heat up. The pilot light is on and when I turn on the oven button there is a little brighter light but the whole element doesn't light. What could be the problem?

Please email me at with any suggestions.


04:00PM | 04/04/04
Member Since: 05/18/02
30 lifetime posts
If the ignitor glows then the oven control is OK. Ignitor is in series with the gas valve. 120 volts is applied to ignitor. It gets hot using voltage so voltage out the other side will drop. When voltage reaches 3.6 volts it allows the valve to open. Ignitor can glow and only drop voltage to 6 volts and valve will not open. Try replacing the ignitor. Ignitors range from around $60.00 to $90.00. If that fails then the valve is bad. Unless you have a multi meter to read volts and resistance this is the only way around problem. 90% of the time its the ignitor.


01:47PM | 04/05/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** The oven will not heat up. The pilot light is on and when I turn on the oven button there is a little brighter light but the whole element doesn't light. **

If your range has an actual "pilot" (which is a gas flame rather than an electrical 'ignitor'), this is how the oven should function:

When the thermostat is turned on, the pilot flame should extend (get bigger). This larger pilot flame envelopes the sensor bulb of the oven gas safety valve. When the safety valve senses that the pilot flame is of sufficient size/temperature, the safety valve opens gas flow to the burner where the pilot then lights it.

If the oven safety valve is not opening to allow gas to flow to the main burner, the pilot may be partially plugged and not allowing the pilot to get big/hot *enough*, the safety valve's sensor bulb may be dirty with grease, etc. or out of position and not able to properly sense the pilot's flame or the safety valve may just be defective and need to be replaced.

If you need to replace the safety valve (or any other part), you'll need information off the appliance to get the correct one. You can read what information will be needed to get replacement parts for your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my site linked below.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



01:50PM | 04/05/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** it's been about 8 weeks since the problem started. **

BTW. It is not usually a good idea to allow problems with gas appliances to fester. When symptoms appear, they should be looked into *in a timely fashion*.


Dan O.


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