My tappan gas oven won't heat. When I turn it on the burners fail to light
therefore not heating up. The top burners work fine even my broiler will
not ignite. I can smell gas but do not see a flame. Can you please help
Maybe, maybe not. Not enough info was given.
Also, I'm not sure that Tappan is still an active brand. If not, it is
indeed a few years old.
Ranges with oven pilot lights are still being made and sold.
I recently bought one for a rental where there was no electrical
outlet near the stove and I was lazy...and admittedly cheap...
And are NOT the normal everyday item that people are purchasing.
Even if it's manufactured in the last 10-15 years, it's highly likely that
it doesn't have a pilot light. Since that's pretty much the life expectancy,
you can pretty much guess that it doesn't have a pilot!
Approx. 4 months ago I bought a brand new gas range with standing pilots
(burners and oven) as backup for my regular range.
Just see how well an electronic ignition oven serves in an extended
power outage; here's a hint: NOT WELL.
BTW, that range was IN STOCK at the local appliance store.
I know that they're made and stocked, but they ARE NOT the normal range that
everyone buys to put in their kitchen!!!!!
Most people like self-cleaning ovens, find one of those today that has a
Also many localities (NYC is one) forbids the sale of appliances with a
standing pilot (except for water heaters). The most basic models sold have
electronic ignition. In addition, prior to that requirement, the oven
portion of a range did not have a standing pilot either. The oven was
lighted with a match held over a hole in the front of the oven. As long as
the oven knob was on, a pilot would remain lit when the oven flame cycled to
maintain a temperature, but the pilot would go off when the oven knob was
set to the off position.
FWIW, we've got a low-end Montgomery Ward (made by Tappan -- that gives
a clue about how old it is) and even IT has an electric igniter for the
oven. I think it's more common to have pilots for top burners than for
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