1. The oven lately had been taking a long time to start, and when it finally did, it scared the bejeezes out of us - sometimes blowing the door open and getting a lot of gas smell. After a lot of searching, I found a couple things online that lead me to believe this was because the ignitor had started to wear out. Apparently these things only last 5 or so years. Sure enough - a new one, bought from Mr. Appliance Repairman on ebay did the trick. It wasn't too hard to replace - the only tough part being that the screws are in a very tricky spot. After firing it back up, we found that our slow pre-heating issue was also solved! The Christmas prime rib roast pre-heating to 500 degrees took about an hour and a half. We roasted some brussel sprouts last night at 400 degrees and it took about 5 minutes. MUCH better. Issue #1 (and #1a solved).
|old ignitor out, new ignitor installed|
|porcelain flaking off|
|original small line installed, bigger line waiting to be installed|