I have 20yr. old Tappan natural gas stove,the oven takes a long time to
ignite,the glow bar works,but the gas valve doesn't seem to open,I sometimes
tap it with long object and once in a while it will ignite.So I'm thinking
it's either the glow bar is not getting warm enough or the valve is bad.I
would appreciate any suggestions.Thanks
I'd bet its the gas valve. If the igniter was not hot enough, the valve
would not work even after a tap. It could be a weak magnet or sticking
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The most common igniter failure these days. We call
it 'low-A'. The igniter will glow, but not pass enough
current to open the valve. The valve's bimetal warms
enough to providing some 'push' to the valve, and when
you tap it, the vibration 'helps' it open far enough to
allow gas flow.
Without a model number, I'd bet on it being this one,
which replaces all the 'flat' igniters (and is still on sale!):
Hope that's of some help.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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