How to Replace a Defective Oven Igniter in a GE Range

The oven igniter in your GE range model JGAS02SENSS plays an important role in your appliance’s ability to generate heat. Newer ovens are equipped with an igniter glow bar instead of a pilot light. In a modern range, the oven igniter heats up until it is glowing white-hot. Once the igniter has generated enough heat, the gas valve opens and the gas entering the oven is ignited, meaning your oven starts heating up. A faulty oven igniter will not create enough heat to open the gas valve, which means your oven will not produce heat. If you plan on replacing the oven igniter yourself, follow the repair guide provided below.

How to Replace an Oven Igniter in Your GE Range

Before starting your repair, you’ll need to unplug your range and shut-off the gas valve. Safety goggles and work glove should be worn throughout the repair process.
  1. Slide the range away from the wall and move to the back of the appliance. Use a Phillips screwdriver to unthread the screws securing the lower access panel to the range. Once the panel is removed, you’ll see the igniter’s wire harness. Disconnect the harness by disengaging the locking tab with a flat head screwdriver.
  2. Move to the front of your range and open the oven door. Pull out the oven racks. Remove the floor of the oven by unthreading any screws holding it in place. After you’ve taken the screws out, lift the bottom of the oven up and take it out of your appliance.
  3. Once the oven floor is out of the way, you’ll see the flame spreader. Take the flame spreader out of your oven by unthreading the screws holding it in place.
  4. You have now gained access to the oven igniter. To remove the faulty igniter, loosen the mounting screws securing it to the appliance, and pull the igniter out of the oven.
  5. Pick-up your new oven igniter, and thread its wires and wire harness through the opening in the oven’s back wall. Line up the igniter with the mounting bracket and secure it with the mounting screws you removed earlier.
  6. Reassemble the inside of your oven by first reattaching the flame spreader. After that, replace the floor of the oven and slide the oven racks back into the appliance.
  7. Shut your oven door and walk around to the rear of the range. Connect the igniter’s wire harness and reattach the lower access panel.
  8. Plug-in your oven and turn on the gas. To ensure your appliance is functioning properly, test it out by preheating the oven and waiting for it to reach the set temperature.
If you’re oven is still not heating, please contact us today to schedule a repair appointment with one of our trusted appliance technicians.