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Old 09-13-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Amana Stove Ignitor Knob Issues

Hello all,

The ignitor knob on my stove no longer works. It appears as if it either isn't catching on the rod which controls the ignitor, or the rod is too tight and the knob is unable to catch on it with enough force to turn it. I tried turning the rod with my fingers and wasn't able to budge it. I also tried using a pair of pliers... and it still seemed tight.

The inside "threads" on the knob (just four plastic pieces) already seem to have been worn down just a little.

It worked great until today.

Has anyone else experienced this issue?

My AS is brand new, and has only been used twice. The dealership is a two hour drive away though...... I don't want to spend $60-$80 in gas for a warranty repair if there is a quicker fix.


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Old 05-31-2009, 07:47 PM   #2
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I just fixed my magic chef piezio knob, sounds like about the same construction.
Used the parts out of a old barbeque including the knob. Seems like the knob was flimsy plastic and the plastic gear that moves the spring loaded striker failed. Nice to have a pile of saved good stuff.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:38 AM   #3
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Fixed it check this video:

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Old 11-09-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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While my stove ignitor works properly, the oven is a bear to light.

The pilot light, regardless of how long the knob is pushed in (and turned on) will just not light. The only way to get the oven going is to hold the fire starter under the burner until they finally light.

I too, am a ninety mile round trip from service.

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:48 AM   #5
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I find lighting the oven a bit of a task, better performed by someone who can stand on their head, look through one eye, hold the knob with one hand and the torch with the other.

I have yet to find an easy way to do this. There is a thermocouple (I believe) just above the pilot light location. It has to warm up to make the lighting of the pilot easier. You have to hold the knob in after lighting the light to get the thermocouple to heat up before you release the knob. I try to warm it up a bit before I light the light. Seems to work this way for me.

The main difficulty I have is seeing the thing. With bifocals, it gets a little tough. Good luck.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:13 AM   #6
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Will Fix it too

Originally Posted by Armando View Post
Fixed it check this video:

My stove on my 2005 28' CCD has the same problem. Getting old using a match to light the burner. I think I have some safety pins lying around the rig. I'll make the fix next trip.

AS/Amana needs to fix this. For what we paid for a new AS...

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Old 11-09-2011, 11:21 AM   #7
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I've had "Foiled Again" since 2006 and never experienced difficulty TURNING the ignitor. However I've had the spark fail whenever the propane pressure gets too low. I've finally learned that if I can't heat water for tea at 6 PM, it means I'll be OUT of propane at 3 AM the next morning! The safety pin idea seems simple enough. Try it.

As for the oven, I also hate lighting it. I don't usually leave the pilot light on unless I'm planning to do some major cooking. I routinely store paper towels, saran wrap, etc. in the oven. A Volcano cooker and a cast iron dutch oven have made me much more of an outdoor cooking person.

There is a semi-easy way to light the oven. Over the burner is a diffuser panel held on with a wing nut. Remove the diffuser, light the pilot from above using a long wooden match or a campfire lighter, then drop it back on and screw the wing nut tight. With the diffuser off and a long fireplace lighter you can actually heat the thermocouple enough to light the pilot and the whole ring simultaneously.

I remember old home stoves having a "match hole" in the bottom of the oven that you stuck a lighted wooden kitchen match into and "whoof" it lit the oven. There was no pilot light on our oven. I might just get out the old power drill and drill a carefully positioned 1/2 inch hole in the wretched diffuser!

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:42 PM   #8
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I recently had the same problem and fixed it, temporarily at least, by replacing the knob. The knob is of poor design and tends to wear out quickly.
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Thank you for the link and a great quick fix! I took the soap/sponge holder in the kitchen and cut a 1+5/8 length of the metal rib and popped it right in. Very helpful!

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