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Old 02-12-2003, 04:52 PM   #29
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Neal,
this is the reply I got from the repairclinic:

Thank you for your recent inquiry to WWW.RepairClinic.Com.

Unfortunately we do not carry parts for RV units. I would suggest going to
your local RV dealer for Magic Chef.
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Old 02-13-2003, 07:27 AM   #30
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Hi Peter:
I think you've tried Hart but not sure. My model number was identified on a site as an RV part - thought it was Repairclinic.com but maybe some other site. I received the parts last nite and the pilot safety valve looks like a ringer for my existing part, but the thermostat is different, which I knew from the photo. I'm hoping this will still work, though. The measurements are okay but the body is shaped a bit differently. Will try to install this weekend and maybe can move on from this oven thing.

Have you tried just taking your thermostat to a parts dealer and letting them try to find a compatible part?

Maybe I can learn something that can help you when I try to install this stuff this weekend.

"Where there's a will..." and all that.
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Old 02-19-2003, 05:10 PM   #31
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I'M A BAKIN' FOOL!

Well, it worked! The new thermostat and pilot safety valve work like champs.

I bought an oven thermometer (Big Lots - $2) and the oven runs right on the money.

So the oven adventures are over for me, at least. I told my wife that she is definitely going to have to be sure to bake something at least once everytime we're out.

Now onto the new stereo installation and fixing the stripped gears on my antenna.

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Old 02-19-2003, 05:58 PM   #32
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good job

Neal, congratulations. Now, can you share with us where you got the parts for sure? I sensed some confusion. Did you indeed need both parts to fix your problem?
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Old 02-20-2003, 07:40 AM   #33
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Sure, Brouck. I bought both parts at repairclinic.com after entering in my model number noted in previous posting. I did check three sources on this, but repairclinic.com was the cheapest and the only place that had parts immediately available - plus photos of the parts on the site. I don't know if I did indeed need both parts. In retrospect, I should have just replaced the thermostat and checked to see if that would work. Then also replaced the pilot safety valve if it didn't work.

However, my problem was a bit different than some of the other folks. My pilot safety valve would never open up - even if I heated the pilot sensor red hot with a torch. My oven burner would not light at all unless I bypassed the pilot safety valve. (The following is NOT recommended - do this at your own risk!) I bypassed this by creating a small disk of compressed aluminum foil, opening the body of the safety valve, and placing the disk in the body so that the safety valve "clicked" and stayed open all the time. Once I did this the burner would come on. This led me to believe that the pilot safety valve was shot - the bimetal strip (don't know the correct name for this) that was supposed to open the valve didn't do anything.

With the safety valve bypassed my burner would come on but wouldn't shut off regardless of the temperature in the oven, which led me to believe the thermostat was shot. At this point I was where everyone else seemed to be - "eternal burner syndrome".

Maybe replacing the thermostat would have cured the pilot safety valve problem. Don't think so but really don't know.

This was expensive - $80 for the thermostat and about the same for the pilot safety valve. If I could have scored a used range/oven somewhere close by that I know was okay I probably could have save a few bucks. But this was easy to install and I know they're new parts that should last awhile.

Most important of all is that my wife is happy and no longer thinks I'm a total idiot - at least for a few days anyway.

A couple of notes: Buying a new thermostat replaces the entire oven control knob assembly. As I mentioned in previous posting, the physical appearance of the replacement part was very different than the original part, but fit fine upon installation. This new part even has what I believe is a callibration adjustment for the thermostat that my original did not have. I did not have to adjust this as it was callibrated fine out of the box. The pilot safety valve was an exact replica of the original.

Peter's thermostat looks very different from mine. He has an additional line to/from his while mine actually mounts on a pipe common to the range burners that I believe is the gas supply line.

That's the limit of my knowledge/experience on this subject, and I apologize to the experts if I've used the wrong terms along the way or led someone down the wrong path.

Sorry for the long post but I hope this makes sense and maybe will be helpful for someone.

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Old 02-20-2003, 10:39 AM   #34
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Thank you

Neal great job. This has been very helpful to me. I think I may not need the pilot safety valve but I definitely need the thermostat. I will follow your path and see what happens.Thanks again.
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