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Question DetailsAsked on 3/6/2018

Changed oven igniter on my gas oven and now I smell gas when I try to preheat. Is this normal?

I have a Maytag MGR6775ADS oven and I just changed the igniter. When I preheat it I see a glow now coming from the bottom but have a noticeable smell of gas now. When the flame comes on its like a roaring flame now like a gas outdoor grill that I never noticed before. I immediately shut it off. Do I have anything to worry about? Should I check something? Its one of the ovens where it has the separate door up top to broil items and the bottom part to bake items. Burners on stove work fine.

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If you are getting a gush of flame, I certainly would not use it - could be in changing the ignitor you loosened or cracked a gas tubing connection or such, or could be the gas control valve rather than the ignitor was the problem and it is putting too much gas through. And since this roaring flame is new, that is a pretty good indication of a problem - like maybe the flame is coming direct from an open tubing rather than through the burner diffusers.

I would have an Appliance Repair - Large (your Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed repair tech for this) technician check it out - definitely does not sound safe to me, because ovens should not have a barbecue flame - their flame is low and intense blue, and in ovens commonly barely or even or at all visible looking into the oven from outside.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD


One other possibility I forgot to mention - if the gas smell ONLY occurs at turn-on, when igniting - concurrent with the "whoosh" sound, could be the ignitor is not properly positioned relative to the burner, so gas is coming out of the burner and accumulating before it reaches the ignitor, so you are igniting a ball of gas (hence the "whoosh", which is actually an explosion of accumulated gas) rather than the leading edge of the gas basically as soon as it starts coming out of the burner.

Another possibility - if both the broiler and oven are flowing gas (possibly due a knob/gas control valve failure if both are on same knob) then if only one ignitor is working but both areas are flowing gas, then the one without a functioning ignitor would build up gas till it is ignited by the flame or ignitor in the other - assuming they are physically connected.

Either way, unless you are pretty appliance savvy sounds like time for an Appliance Repair - Large tech to diagnose and repair it.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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