Dan O. -- Wednesday, 13 March 2002, at 1:25 p.m.
: I just purchased a house with a Caloric
: Prestige Series wall oven/broiler (model no.
: RWD212) which appears to date back to the
: mid-1980s. Recently, the oven has failed to
: ignite on occasion and if left at a degree
: setting for a brief period of time without
: igniting, there is a faint odor of gas
: emanating from the oven cavity.
: I removed the interior base plate located in
: the upper section of the oven and observed
: the igniter glow when the oven is turned on.
: However, the inverted triangular shaped
: element at the center of the ceiling of the
: lower broiler compartment does not produce a
: flame at times.
: Based upon this information, would you suggest
: replacing the igniter, or does the problem
: appear to be more extensive requiring repair
: by a professional?
Your symptoms do sound likely to be caused by a defective oven ignitor. It is possible for them to glow but not produce the proper resistance to open the gas valve and/or not get hot enough to light the gas once it is eventually released.
: If replacement of the
: igniter is only necessary, can you provide
: me with the correct item number for the
: replacement part.
I do not have a parts list for that particular 1987 model so I am unable to provide the part number of that component. Caloric often prints reference numbers right on the old part. It you can read it, that number may be traceable to a current replacement part number.
You should however be able to purchase a replacement at the site linked below. If your model is not listed in their online catalog, you may have to contact them with the model information for them to manually look up the proper replacement part.
: In addition, would you
: recommend a so-called "original"
: part, which may no longer be made by the
: original manufacturer of the igniter, or do
: you think that a non-OEM part would suffice
: for this approximately 15-year old oven.
I always recommend genuine factory replacement parts as a first choice. Only if the original is not available at all or priced prohibitively would I recommend a generic or after market replacement. There should be no reason that a genuine factory replacement ignitor is not available for your oven. It's not that old as far as appliances go.