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Old 07-04-2019, 02:01 PM   #1
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Pilot lites, but nothing else

Oven pilot can be lit but after itís turned to anything else...nothing.

I try lighting the burner manually but again, nothing.

It canít be thermocouple right, since the pilot stays lit ?


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Old 07-04-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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Based on pilot staying on, I bet on the gas valve. I presume you are operating it correctly, i.e. pushing in on the knob and rotating it to the ON position and holding it for a few seconds before releasing it, or whatever your instructions say.



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Old 07-04-2019, 06:24 PM   #3
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If this is the original stove I don't think there is a thermocouple. When was it last used? Another possiblity is a bad regulator. Will the fridge and hot water heater fire up?
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Old 07-05-2019, 04:30 AM   #4
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I have a 73 model Argosy with the original stove. A couple years ago my oven developed the same problem as yours. The pilot would light, but the burner would not come on when advancing the temp control knob. The control valve is operated by a mercury type sensor that the pilot heats. I have not been able to find a replacement sensor for mine. I have tried to finding a replacement, but thus far no success. If anyone knows where one can be found, I would like to know.
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Old 07-05-2019, 05:48 AM   #5
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My Overlander's '67 Magic Chef operates differently than modern ovens. Lighting the pilot light does not involve pushing & holding the knob - I just turn the knob to pilot, wait for the gas to run through, and light it.

The heat from that warms up a thermocouple hooked to the thermostat. When the thermostat calls for heat and the thermocouple is warm enough, it supplies gas to a secondary pilot immediately beside the primary pilot. This larger pilot light warms a different thermocouple hooked to a separate gas valve. When that thermocouple is warm enough, the gas valve opens and supplies gas to the main burner.

On occasion, the secondary thermocouple vibrates out of position has to be re-aligned or the main burner never lights.

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Old 07-05-2019, 06:25 AM   #6
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Ditto what Tom said. When we got our 77, we had the same issue. I loosened the set screw for the thermocouple and tried moving it a couple of times and found the sweet spot. Itís been four years and I havenít had to adjust it again so far.
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:39 AM   #7
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After lighting the pilot, ours takes a while for the burner to light, especially the first time. Are you waiting long enough? Maybe a minute or two?

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