Why won't my oven burner light completely until it's very hot?
July 8, 2010 6:38 PM Subscribe
Our 3-yo Maytag oven is misbehaving, and I can't figure out what's going on.
Symptoms: when the burner is lit only the 2/3's closest to where it connects to the gas-line actually light. The other 1/3 puts out nasty aldehydes until the thermostat registers about 250 *F.
posted by dolface to home & garden (9 answers total)
Details: when the oven is turned on (it has electronic controls) it goes through a preheat process (the ignitor heats itself up) and then lights the burner.
The burner is just a pipe with a row of holes down each side, nothing fancy so I can't figure out why the flames won't propagate all the way to the end.
We had the utility company come out and check it and they said it wasn't their issue; no leaks or anything like that.
We had a stove company come out and the kid they sent said we needed to replace the ignitor. Since it was $160 to replace it I held off and took the floor off the oven to watch the process and as far as I can tell it's not the ignitor (oven turned on, ignitor heats up, gas turns on and is lit by ignitor, flames run 2/3 of the way down the burner and stop, then get to the rest of the burner when it heats up).
I don't mind replacing the ignitor if that's really the issue, but I'm having a hard time believing that's what it is.