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Old 05-11-2005, 10:20 AM   #1
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Pilot light problem

Pilot light in 05 Classic with Amana oven will not stay lit when knob is released. Looks like there is an adjustment screw under the top burner for the oven control. Hate to take it to the shop for a minor adjustment. Anyone know how to adjust the pilot light?

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Old 05-11-2005, 10:32 AM   #2
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Is the pilot light warming the thermocouple? i.e. is there a small piece of metal with a thin tube attached to it in the flame's path?
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Old 05-11-2005, 10:33 AM   #3
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Most pilot lights work off of a thermo-couple. There is a flexible piece of metal that the pilot keeps warm. This piece of metal goes back to the regulator. As long as the thermo-couple stays warm then it keeps to pilot supplied with gas. If the pilot goes out, or the thermo-couple is not passing that heat back to the regulator, then the flow of gas is stopped.
Seeing as how yours is relatively new I am not certain that you have a bad thermo-couple. Also, I do not know if they use something different on your oven.
Usually, what causes them to act up is that they get dirty and build up aome "insulation" and will not conduct heat. The pilot is supposed to be pointed so that the thermo-couple is directly above the pilot. You can check to make sure that the "wire" is above the pilot.
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Old 05-17-2005, 04:16 AM   #4
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It turned out to be operator error. I was not holding the pilot light on long enough to heat the thermo-coupler up enough. It took a good 3 minutes (the owners manual did not say that). Oh well, it works now - thanks.

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