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Gas oven not heating up, but gas smell present

I have a Kenmore gas oven 790.78819402 that doesn't get hot, but you can smell gas. An orange glow can be seen down in the bottom. I discovered a temporary work around. If I set the broiler to HI and let it heat up for 5 minutes then switch to bake at 360 degrees, it will heat up and work fine. However, if I leave it on broil for too long and then switch to bake and the oven is already at or above my desired temp, it won't get hot, but the temp will actually start to drop. I have a manual themometer in the oven because before I had this problem I noticed that I needed to set my oven 10 degrees hotter to get to my desired temp (i.e. set at 360 to bake on 350). I was told that I needed to replace the gas valve, but when I went to order this special order part at $170, there was a note that said this part rarely fails and it may be the ignitor even though it glows oragne. How do I tell what is the real problem before spending money on all these parts?

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Kenmore , Ranges , Wall Ovens , Appliances
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