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Change Gas Oven Ignitors


Your gas oven is a modern convenience that cooks the food while you scamper around the house. You just plop the roaster, pizza, or casserole in the oven, set the temperature and turn it on bake. That's it! So easy even a caveman can do it, right? But what happens when the oven doesn't heat? What could be wrong? Well the problem may be with the electric ignitor. With a few tools from the electrical toolbox and a little patience, you can change it yourself and save a little money.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Less Than 15 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Disconnect the Power to the Oven or Range

    As with any electrical project, always disconnect the power to the appliance that you will working on. To do this, either unplug the cord or turn off the circuit breaker or fuse that supplies the power to the circuit. Use a tester to double-check that that circuit is actually off.

  2. Access the Ignitor

    Open the oven door and remove the oven racks to allow access to the oven base plate. This can be removed by removing the two screws holding the base cover on. They are located at the rear of the oven plate. Pull the oven plate out and you'll be able to see the ignitor.

  3. Remove the Ignitor

    Locate the ignitor and unplug the two wires feeing the ignitor. Remove the two screws that hold the ignitor in place, observing the way the ignitor is situated. This will make installing the new one an easy process.

  4. Install the New Ignitor

    Now that the old ignitor is removed, install the new ignitor using the two screws. Place the new ignitor on exactly like the old one was mounted. Connect the two wires using the ceramic wire nuts provided.

    Caution: Be sure not to use plastic wire nuts do to the heat of the oven or you may melt them, thus the reason for ceramic wire nuts.

  5. Replace Oven Cover Plate and Oven Racks

    After the ignitor is replaced, replace the cover plate on the bottom of the oven and tighten the two screws to hold it in place. Once again, they are located in the rear of the oven plate. Install the oven racks and you are ready to test the oven for operation.

  6. Turn On the Power

    After completing the installation, turn on the power to the circuit feeding the oven or plug the cord in. Use a tester to confirm that it is on and you an test the oven for functionality. It should now heat up and once again do the cooking so you won't have to.


  1. Warning: Always turn the power off to the circuit you will be working on.
  2. If you smell gas, turn off the gas valve and open a window. You may need to call a certified appliance repairman to find the leak for you.

What You Need

  • Nut Drivers
  • Screw Drivers
  • Wire Strippers
  • New Ignitor
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