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Old 10-11-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Suburban oven problem

Have 2008 KZ Montego Bay with Suburban range/oven. Oven has very recent new oven burner & thermocouple and new oven knob control unit(guts behind the knob).

Previous problem & identical current problem is that when attempting to lite oven by holding knob in and lighting burner, then releasing knob, the pilot will not stay lit. Its as if the gas shuts itself off upon releasing knob, yet all range burners lite and work fine. RV Tech said the problem was the oven control unit and it did work fine, but 2 months later we have same problem. I guess a faulty part could be answer, but that seems a stretch. We are no longer near the repairing RV Tech.

All thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated, Bob
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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How long are you letting the pilot stay lit before releasing the knob?
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Old 10-13-2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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Instead of just releasing the knob, try turning it ccw to a temperature setting and then release it. Mine works better if I do that.

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Old 10-14-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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You may just be having difficulty getting the thermocouple to the proper temp to control the gas valve.
As Joel suggested, try turning the control to a temp setting and see if that lights the burner. Let it warm for a minute, then turn the burner off. If the pilot stays on, then you know it is the temp on the thermocouple. If the pilot goes out again, there is another problem, and may need to replace a faulty part. I would look toward and adjustment of the pilot flame to the thermocouple. But that is a tough call since you are on your knees needing 3 hands to mess with it.
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Suburban Oven Problem

Thanks to all that replied to my post. My response:

My wife does the lighting and has held the knob in for many seconds w/o results; right after the new part was installed it ignited immediately.

If we turn the knob counter, it goes to OFF; any release of the knob automatically shuts gas off.

Not sure I understand Joe's comment-- only way we can get a flame is by holding knob in then lighting pilot till we get a flame, but when we release knob to turn it to a temp setting flame goes out; again this didnt happen for approx 2 -3 months after new part was installed.

Joe also mentioned an adjustment to pilot, how is that done?

Thanks to all again,,,,,,,, Bob
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It does sound as tho the replacement part is now faulty. The adjustment I spoke of was to make sure the pilot flame is fully bathing the thermocouple--if too far away, the temp will not get high enough and the TC thinks the pilot is out.
On my oven, when holding the knob in and getting the pilot to light, I can turn the knob higher and the burner will come on. After that, the pilot remains lit until we turn it off. I guess most ovens don't allow this, but mine does.
Don't know if you are using one, but it lighting the pilot is much easier with an push-button flame igniter than using a match...
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