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Why won't my Kenmore Gas Oven stay on?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
July 22nd, 2011

Kenmore Gas Range, Model # 36272201891.

The oven stopped working altogether - the ignitor would glow red but no gas ignition, so we replaced the ignitor. The oven now lights, but only stays on for 4-5 minutes, then the gas and the ignitor shuts off again. If you immediately shut the oven off, and then back on (after it shuts off) it will not immediately ignite back on. However, if we let it cool down for a few minutes and turn the oven back on, it will relight.

Please help!!

Kenmore , Ranges , Wall Ovens , Appliances
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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The oven igniter should not shut off until the oven reaches the set temperature. I assume the oven never reached the set temperature.

Based on your symptom it may have a faulty oven thermostat. If the contacts inside the oven thermostat opens before the oven reaches the set temperature the thermostat will break the electrical circuit to the glow bar igniter and then fad off and then the gas valve will shut off the gas.

In order to confirm if the oven thermostat is faulty will require disconnecting the two wires from the oven thermostat when the ignitor shuts off and test across the two terminals of the thermostat for continuity with an Ohm meter.

NOTE: Be sure to disconnect the power cord from the wall before disconnecting the two wires from the oven thermostat.

I added a couple of images with the instructions on how to replace the oven thermostat if you find it faulty.
by Joey S
July 22nd, 2011
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Manage My Life
A non working Oven is not something any of us want to see. If you are technically handy, this is a good site to get instruction and fix some things yourself. If you do not feel confident doing your own repairs, an option is to visit Sears Home Services and use the scheduler. While you wait for the expert to review your model, you can check the bottom links for some possibilities. Hope this is of help.
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July 20th, 2011
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