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Old 06-02-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Magic Chef, Robert Shaw oven won't work

Greetings. I have a 63 Safari with the original Magic Chef four burner stove with oven run by a Robert Shaw thermostat. The burners work fine. The oven pilot lights but the burner won't go. If I hold a match to what I believe is the thermocoupler which is a few inches away from the pilot the oven comes on. I take the match away, it goes out. Does this conclusively mean the thermocoupler is dead or might there be another problem. Any ideas greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Old 06-02-2009, 02:44 PM   #2
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Is the thermocouple over the top of the pilot light? The thermocouple sends a small electrical charge to open the main valve. The pilot light must be heating thermocouple for this to happen. It's a safety thing.


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The thermocouple on the water heater in the house went out a couple of years ago. When I removed it, the "flame end" was badly burned and it was obviously done for. When I put the new one on, the other end (the end that connects to the thermostat) didn't want to make a tight connection to the thermostat. I had to remove and reinstall it to get a good fit. If yours fits like a household water heater, you might check those things.


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Old 06-02-2009, 03:41 PM   #4
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This model oven uses a thermostat which control temperature. via volume expansion of a gas in a bulb. This pressure passes through a tube to the control on the front of the range. 15 years ago mine did not work and I had to buy a new Robert Shaw control. It was pretty expensive and I do not know whether they are still available. In 15 years My wife rarely used the oven. I would have better off forgetting about the oven and spend my money on something more useful.
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