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frenchtutor1

06:58AM | 08/30/09
Member Since: 08/29/09
2 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Help!

When the oven did not ignite, I attempted to reset it by pushing the Stop/Time knob until I was able to turn the oven on. To my surprise, smoke began to come out of the oven. I unplugged the oven in an attempt to reset it, but the same thing keeps happening! I would really like to use my oven this weekend. I have heard horror stories about self-cleaning ovens starting fires.

Can you please diagnose my problem?

Thanks!

Jeanette

Jeanette Hady

DanO

12:21PM | 08/30/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** GE XL-44 Stove **

I'm afraid that is not enough information to identify the appliance in question. What is needed is its exact model number ("XL44" isn't it). If you post it we can look it up to see what appliance design you're dealing with.

You can find tips for locating the model and serial number identification tag on your appliances at the following link:

- Model Number Tag Location Guide

LINK > www.appliance411.com/parts/tagsearch.cgi

** the oven did not ignite, I attempted to reset it by pushing the Stop/Time knob **

If a gas oven won't turn on someone will have to gather specific symptoms of its working components to try to isolate the reason. Just pressing buttons at random doesn't usually help.

You can read about how common gas oven ignition systems work and the observations and tests necessary to start diagnosing problems with them at the following link:

- Understanding Gas Oven Ignition Systems

LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=823

** smoke began to come out of the oven. **

Why and from where in the oven exactly?

** Can you please diagnose my problem? **

We can try to *suggest* possible causes once we have complete product information and *detailed* description of what the oven ignition system is doing or not doing.

Someone will actually need to look into the source of the smoke to determine its cause.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=GE+Range

The Appliance Information Site

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frenchtutor1

12:46PM | 08/30/09
Member Since: 08/29/09
2 lifetime posts
I believe the model number of the stove is: 317B6034. This number is on the inside of the oven door. There is also a microwave attached to the stove, which I do not use.

The smoke comes from the upper left-hand side of the oven (as you look into it), in the vicinity of the light bulb.

Someone has suggested that the oven goes into self-cleaning mode and that the thing to do is allow this to happen. But I am afraid this might be bad advice and do not want to end up with a worse problem than I already have!

What do you think?

Since last writing, I unplugged the entire stove, then plugged it back in. The oven does not want to turn on at this point.

Thanks for your help!

Jeanette

Jeanette Hady

DanO

07:36AM | 09/10/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** I believe the model number of the stove is: 317B6034 **

I'm afraid it isn't. The identification plate will actually say "model number" (or maybe just "Model") and then list that information.

** The smoke comes from the upper left-hand side of the oven (as you look into it), in the vicinity of the light bulb. **

Maybe from a burning wire??

** Someone has suggested that the oven goes into self-cleaning mode and that the thing to do is allow this to happen. **

If you did NOT set it to do a cleaning cycle than you should NOT let it.

** I unplugged the entire stove, then plugged it back in. The oven does not want to turn on at this point. **

Whatever was smoking may now have failed totally. Some investigation will likely be needed to get to the bottom of it.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/parts/?ref411=GE+Range

The Appliance Information Site

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