How to Replace a Kenmore Oven Igniter

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The Kenmore oven igniter, also called a glow bar, heats up the bimetal switch and causes the oven to ignite the gas fed to the burners. A common issue when the oven fails to ignite is a faulty glow bar. If the oven does not start within 90 seconds, the glow bar is likely the issue. Do not be fooled if the glow bar turns red. If it does not reach the appropriate temperature, the oven will not light.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench set
  • Turn the gas shutoff valve located behind your Kenmore oven to the "Off" position and wait for the pilots to extinguish themselves. Disconnect the oven from its electrical source.

  • Open the door to your Kenmore oven and remove the oven grates.

  • Remove the bottom plate inside the oven with a Phillips screwdriver and then remove the plate from the oven.

  • Locate the glow bar and remove the nuts that secure the glow bar to the oven. Use a wrench to remove the nuts.

  • Remove the bottom drawer of the oven and locate the quick-connect wiring harness for the glow bar, located in the upper back of the drawer. Disconnect the wires and then remove the defective glow bar from the oven.

  • Slide the wires for the new bar into the oven and then mount the glow bar in place with the original bolts and the wrench.

  • Mount the bottom plate into the oven with the screws and the screwdriver. Reinstall the oven grates and close the door.

  • Reconnect the wires to the wiring harness and then reinstall the bottom door.

  • Reconnect electrical power to the oven and turn on the gas.

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