Whirlpool Range, Stove, Oven Repair
Whirlpool Gas Range, Model #SF387LEGN3
Gas oven smells of gas but will not ignite
This is not an uncommon problem. What normally happens is that over time the igniter becomes weak and doesn't have the correct resistance to signal the gas valve to open completely.
Just because it is glowing bright orange doesn't mean that it is working properly. You will need to replace the igniter in your range and your Whirlpool oven repair will be complete.
Whirlpool Gas Range, Model SF387LEGN3
When the oven is turned on and the door is closed, after about five minutes there is a strong odor of gas, but it does not ignite.
Often over time the igniter (part # 3186491) becomes weak and doesn't allow the gas valve (part # 3196891) to open completely. Just because its glowing orange doesn't mean that it's working properly. The valve will normally have a rating stamp on it that will probably say 3.2 to 3.6 amps. The current draw in that circuit via the igniter will act on the small heater inside the gas valve. That part may warp and allow gas to come through. There is sometimes a sputtering of the gas coming out, just not enough to positively ignite it. Check it by using an amp probe to see what current is on that circuit. Or just replace the igniter (part # 3186491); that will most likely fix the problem.