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We have a Jenn-Air Downdraft Gas Slide-In Range. It appears

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We have a Jenn-Air Downdraft Gas Slide-In Range. It appears that the lower heating element (for baking) isn't working. How can we check the heating element connection? Is there anything else you suggest we check as well?
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Does the broil and the cooktop still work like normal?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes, the broiler and cooktop work like normal.

OK perfect. It sounds like your oven igniter below the floor inside your oven is just starting to fail and needs to be ordered and replaced. Oven igniters last about 6-8 years under normal use before they tend to start failing. They need to draw at least 3.2 amps or else they won't open the gas valve correctly and it will either crack the valve open, or open and shut the valve several times when it should just be holding open. It doesn't matter if the igniter is glowing or not; just because it glows doesn't mean the igniter is drawing enough power to open the safety valve. The igniter is only about a $50 part and you can replace it yourself if you want to remove the racks inside the oven and then remove the floor to access it. Otherwise it will cost about $150-175 to call someone and replace it for you.

Now if your adiment about testing, you'll need to pull the oven forward and remove the back panel, then test power down to the igniter when you turn back on and you should get 120 volts. If you get 120 volts, then you need an amp clamp to test the amperage and make sure it's over 3.2 amps to the igniter. If both things check good then the igniter wouldn't be the problem---but it's really unlikely.

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