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 Posted: Sun Feb 12th, 2006 07:13 am
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Howdy,

I'm hoping for a bit of help.  I have a Maytag Stove (MGR5745ADW) and one of the burners wont ignite.  I have found that the igniter is working by swapping burner elements.  (The problem is the front left burner... when swapping burner elements with the rear left burner, the problem remained in the front.)

So, I know what the problem is (no juice to the igniter) but, don't know how to get to end of the wire to figure out where it's open.  I've thought about just splicing it into one of the other igniters as all four (well... all three, since one is broken) igniters "click and spark" whenever you try to turn on a single burner, but, would rather find out how to find the open in the line and fix it right.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Jerm

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Jerm,  sounds like you have a bad switch on the valve.  Since you swapped the ignitor itself and it worked on another burner.  You will have to remove the manifold panel to get at the switch itself.  Now it could be a bad connection on it or it may be just gunked up.   The switch part number is 7403p279-60.  You can get the part here...Ron

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Thanks for the reply, Ron.  I think I've found it to be a bad "spark module".  The description makes it sound like it's the igniter, but, it appears to be just a switch of sorts.  Although the part that RepairClinic.com has looks different, I'm pretty sure it's the correct replacement part:  http://www.repairclinic.com/referral.asp?R=154&N=400570

I pulled the storage drawer out and was able to find the enclosure that held this switch.  By swapping wires, I was able to get the front burner to ingite, which made the rear burner unoperable.  So, I think I've found my part.

I guess I should have included in my original text that gas was still flowing to the burner, as I could light it with a match, I think the part you led me to was a switch to allow gas to flow to the burner.  (Too bad, though... because the part you referred is about half the cost of the part I need.  :D)

Thanks again!

Jerm

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Hello Jerm and all

I have a Maytag CHG9800BAE and have the same problem with 2 of my burners (front left and rear right). They don't spark but will light with a match or if the burner is switched to a "known good" position on the unit.

 I was wondering if the part you purchased fixed the problem?

bingo

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Hi Bingo,

That fixed it for me.  I'm not sure where the spark module is on your model, but, mine was under a sheet metal enclosure easily found after removing the storage drawer from the bottom.  You can check to see if it would help by swapping the wires around and seeing if the problem burners move to different locations.  The other possibility (which I thought was my problem to being with) is the igniter elements on the burners themselves.  By swapping the elements on the stove top (grab ahold of the element where the flames come from and give it a good twist... they often get debris under them causing them to seem pretty stuck) you can find if the problem is with the spark module, or, the igniter attached to the actual burner element.  If you switch elements and the problem stays with the original burner element, you more likely have a bad igniter.

Hope this helps,

Jerm

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Doh... I just went back and re-read your post, to see that you have already tried swapping positions of the burner elements... sounds like a bad spark module to me, based on my limited experience.

Good luck,

Jerm

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Thanks Jerm

I'll look at mine and swap the wires to see. Can you share where the manifold panel / access to the spark module is located on your unit?

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Bingo,

I found my spark module by trying to follow the wires from the burner modules.  I noticed that they dropped down on the right side of the stove (if you are facing it from a typical "user position".)   I pulled out the storage drawer (if your unit has a broiler instead of a storage drawer, I have no idea what to suggest) and noticed the 4 orange wires (may be a different color on your unit) led into a small sheet metal enclosure, about 4" x 6" in dimension on the right side of the unit.  I did this without pulling the stove from the wall, but, I'm probably dumb for doing it that way as I'm sure there are safety concerns about doing this without shutting off the power.  Anyway, pulling that enclosure from the inside of the stove revealed the spark mounted to the inside of the enclosure. 

I never messed with the manifold panel, but, I believe it's at the very back of the unit, behind the storage drawer.  (Close to the gas connection.)

Keep us posted how it goes,

Jerm

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hey guys the manifold is the main gas line that your gas valves  are mounted on.   your spark module even tho it has four separate wires, one for each burner,works in pairs, causing you to sometimes but not always to lose two ignitors at your burners. you have ignitor switches mounted on the front of each individual  gas valve for each burner but they only control sparking not gas flow thru the valve.  as you have discovered you normally can swap burners to help isolate ignition problems.    location of spark modules have been right or left side of range in storage drawer space or on back of stoves and also under main top.   most  locations can be found under part lookup with your correct model and serial number. 

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