Caloric Oven Heats Very Slowly, Gas Smell

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Caloric Oven heats very slowly, gas smell

Matt -- Wednesday, 17 July 2002, at 12:55 p.m.

I have a Caloric Oven that is less than 10yrs old. Recently the oven has been "extremely" slow to heat up and initially has a strong gas smell. If I set the temperature to 400 degrees, 40 minutes later it might reach 300. what could be wrong?

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Dan O. -- Wednesday, 17 July 2002, at 2:09 p.m.

: I have a Caloric Oven that is less than 10yrs
: old. Recently the oven has been "extremely"
: slow to heat up and initially has a strong gas
: smell. If I set the temperature to 400 degrees,
: 40 minutes later it might reach 300. what could
: be wrong?

If your oven uses a hot surface ignition system (glow ignitor) to light the gas, it may be that the ignitor is not getting hot enough to light the gas immediately. This is a common symptom and is likely that the ignitor is defective and needs to be replaced. And yes it is possible for the ignitor to glow and still be defective (see the following link for how such a system works).

LINK > Understanding Gas Oven Ignition Systems

Dan O.


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Re: Caloric Oven heats very slowly, gas smell

Matt -- Thursday, 18 July 2002, at 10:08 a.m.

I replaced the ignitor and the problem was solved. I removed three screws and untwisted two wire nuts. I should have ordered the part online. I wanted to get the oven fixed quickly so I bought the part locally for $72. I searched for the part online out of curiosity after the repair and found it for $20 cheaper. Lesson learned.

Thanks for your help.
Still cheaper than calling a repair man.

Re: Caloric Oven heats very slowly, gas smell

Dan O. -- Thursday, 18 July 2002, at 7:56 p.m.

: I bought the part locally for $72. I searched
: for the part online out of curiosity after the
: repair and found it for $20 cheaper. Lesson learned.

I linked you to the most popular one used on Caloric brand of gas ranges (as long as the original was the same size, it would be the right one). It should have given you an idea what you could purchase them for and whether you were being gouged or not?

: Thanks for your help.

Glad to hear you got it going. Thanks for the follow up.

Dan O.
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