I have an old Shipmate stove
with 3 burners and an oven
. Has been a champ all these years! But recently I cannot get the oven
to light. The pilot light will burn while I hold down the button that feeds it. But no matter how long it is held down and the pilot is lit, as soon as I release the button the pilot flame goes out. In the past a count of 15-20 before release was sufficient for it to continue.
I sanded what I first thought was the thermocouple (pilot sensor), and the pilot flame burned bright from the tip. But when I let up the button, even after 30-60 seconds, it goes out right away
Based on advice I was able to take apart more of the pilot/thermo assembly and now believe that the thermocouple is bad, not just a matter of needing cleaning
. In this oven the thermocouple attaches about an inch or two behind the pilot light into a block that holds the pilot tube. In addition to holding down the button to allow the pilot to burn, I held a grill
lighter against the asssmbly the thermocouple screws into. Despite a constant flame right on that for over a half minute, the pilot again went out after I released the button. I figure if it doesn't stay lit after directly heating
the coupling that much, then the thermocouple has to be bad?
Does anyone have advice on how to get access to where the thermocouple attaches behind the right side oven wall? As seen in the picture below, I tried to remove that interior
wall, but was unable to do any more than pull the botton back corner out a bit.
I have removed all the visible screws and mounts that would prevent the side coming out. But it is not inclined to move. I can feel insulation
behind the wall. Before I apply more force I am hoping for some insight from someone experienced with this.