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 Posted: Sat Jul 8th, 2006 05:53 pm
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The pilot light in my 29 year old Kenmore gas oven has begun to go out 1-2 times a week. The oven also does not cook evenly anymore.

Are these fixable problems or just symptoms of an old oven?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 9th, 2006 07:17 pm
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Likely the answer to your questions is "yes":)
Given the age of your stove, the insulation around the cavity is likely breaking down, the oven vent is rusty and possibly clogged, and the door seal is very poor compared to newer product -- thus causing uneven heating in the oven.
The pilot light issue could possibly be the pilot orifice is partially clogged, thus causing a smaller than normal pilot light and blows out easier than before. The pilot orifice is so small and fragile that cleaning it out with a pin or similar item is usually not suggested, as this could change the orifice hole size and create new dynamics of the pilot that you do not desire :(
The best way to correct this is to replace the oven pilot assembly. Also be sure to check the "LP-NAT" selector on your oven thermostat to be sure that the proper gas is selected. Look especially for the small gas line that feeds the pilot assembly to be weakened or cracked where it attaches to the oven pilot assembly, thus allowing the pilot orifice to "suck air" and blow out too easily.

Hope this helps :D

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