Magic Chef RV Oven Troubleshooting Guide

If you have an RV oven from the Magic Chef line, then there may come a time when you start having some issues with it. These are generally considered to be fairly good RV ovens, although they do sometimes have issues with the pilot light and the igniter. 

In this Magic Chef RV oven troubleshooting guide, we are going to cover where the pilot light is on these ovens, how you turn it on, and what to do if it won’t light, among other things.

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Where Is The Pilot On A Magic Chef RV Oven?

The first thing that you need to know about the pilot light on a Magic Chef RV oven is where it is located. Under the main oven compartment, where you do all of your baking, you’re going to see a small drawer. You want to open up that small drawer and look towards the back of the compartment. 

Along the center of it, towards the back, you’re going to see a small metal prong sticking out. This kind of looks like a small sprinkler head. This is the pilot light for your Magic Chef RV oven. This should generally be the case on all models. 

Keep in mind that if you have an extremely modern Magic Chef RV oven, it might use a spark ignition system because it has a lower risk of fire, in which case it won’t actually have a pilot light.

How Do You Light The Pilot On A Magic Chef Oven?

On a Magic Chef RV oven, the pilot light should technically stay on. This is the case with all gas powered ovens. When the pilot light stays on, you then just have to turn the knob to turn on the oven or the stove top. 

That said, there are times when the pilot light may turn off. Maybe it’s just the beginning of the season and you just haven’t used the oven yet, in which case you will need to turn on the pilot light first. 

To locate the pilot light in your Magic Chef RV oven, simply open that drawer and first find those prongs where the pilot light is.

You might have to remove the metal shelf if it is in your way. You are then going to need a very long handheld lighter, such as a regular barbecue lighter.

You are now going to find the knob on the front of the Magic Chef RV oven that will allow gas to flow to the pilot light. You are going to hold down that knob and turn it sideways to allow gas to flow through the pilot light valve.

First, take your lighter and light it, hold it beside the gas valve, where the gas comes out, and then press then turn the gas knob for the pilot light. This should ignite the pilot light. 

However, there are times when the pilot light may not ignite. If this is the case, move on to the following section in regard to what to do if your Magic Chef RV oven pilot light will not turn on.

What To Do If Your Magic Chef RV Oven Won’t Light

If the pilot light or the oven as a whole will not light, there are a few common causes and solutions. In fact, there are four main issues that your Magic Chef RV oven might be suffering from that are causing it to not light.

Take a look below for a list of the most common problems and solutions in terms of Magic Chef RV oven pilot light troubleshooting.

1. A Dirty Pilot Light Assembly

It may be the case that the pilot light assembly is very dirty and covered with food debris. If this is the case, then the gas may not be able to flow out of the valve. If the pilot light assembly is dirty, you will want to disassemble it using the proper tools and methods. 

Exactly how to disassemble this pilot will depend on the exact model you have, so we recommend doing some research on this front first. When you do unscrew the pilot light assembly, make sure to not lose any of the small parts, as these are very easy to lose. 

You then want to use a piece of very durable steel wool to carefully clean out the whole pilot light assembly. Anything that doesn’t belong there should be removed, which is of course includes grease and food particles.

Once you have finished cleaning the pilot light assembly, make sure that you screwed on tightly, because if it’s not tightly screwed on, it won’t function. If the flame comes on, then the job is done, and if the flame does not come on, move on to the following troubleshooting step.

2. Increase The Pilot Light Flame Size

Another possible cause of your RV Magic Chef oven not lighting is if the pilot light flame is not large enough. In other words, there is not enough gas coming out to produce a large enough flame to be effective. 

Therefore, the simplest solution here is to adjust the pilot light flame size to make it a bit larger. If it’s not large enough, the flame won’t be able to sustain itself due to limited gas flow.

On the thermostat assembly of your oven, behind it, you’re going to find a very small screw that is adjustable. This is the gas adjustment screw for the pilot light. If you loosen the screw, or in other words turn it to the left, it’s going to let out more gas, and therefore increase the flame size.

If you turn it to the right and tighten it, it’s going to decrease the flame size. Therefore, you should try loosening the screw to allow more gas to come out to increase the flame size. If this still does not work, move on to the following troubleshooting step.

3. Check For Kinks In The Propane Gas Line

Another possible cause of this problem is if the supply line for the propane is kinked or pinched. This is not unlike when you bend a hose to the point where water does not flow through anymore. 

The simple solution here is of course to reposition the gas line and unkink it so that gas can once again flow through. if this does not do the trick, move on to the fourth and final troubleshooting step.

4. Make Sure You Have Propane

This could be the first step, or also the last, but nonetheless, if you don’t have any propane, then your RV Magic Chef oven isn’t going to work. Therefore, go check your propane tank to see if there’s propane left in it. 

This issue could be as simple as that you forgot to fill the propane tank. Of course, the solution here is to refill the propane tank. If this is still not working, you might have to call a professional for assistance.

Also, check the tank isn’t leaking, if it is then read this article for help.

How Do I Reset My Magic Chef Oven?

There is always the chance that your Magic Chef oven is malfunctioning, in which case you will see some kind of error message on the display. Not all Magic Chef ovens have a display, so it does depend. If yours does not have a display, it might just beep. 

There may be some kind of loose connection, it could be defective, or the temperature sensor could have an issue. 

Now, chances are pretty big that you’ll have to call it professional floor assistance, but before you waste your time and money, you can always try resetting it yourself.

Follow the steps listed below to reset your Magic Chef RV oven.

  1. You first need to disconnect your Magic Chef oven from power. You can either just unplug it or reset the circuit breaker. Make sure to leave the power off for at least 30 seconds before turning the power back on.
  2. If the error code or the beeping keeps happening, you want to unplug or disconnect it from power once again. At this point, you may have to call a professional for help, or if you have a bit of knowledge about ovens and the right tools, you may be able to continue this process yourself.
  3. You’re going to need to access the sensor of the oven, which is done by opening the door. This is in the actual oven, not underneath, in the drawer where the pilot assembly is. In the oven, you’re going to see that sensor slightly protruding from the back wall. You’re going to take a screwdriver and remove the screws that hold the rear panel in place on the range. Remove this panel.
  4. You are now going to use a multimeter or an ohmmeter to check how the sensors continuity is. You’re going to touch the red and black ohm wires on the sensor to the ohm meter or multimeter and check the display. The oven sensor should provide you with a reading of 1100 ohms. If the sensor does not provide you with a reading of 1100 ohms, it will need to be replaced, and this is best done by a professional.

How Do You Replace The Igniter On A Magic Chef Gas Oven?

How Do You Replace A Thermocouple On An RV Oven?

Another issue that your RV Magic Chef oven might have is a broken or defective thermocouple. The thermocouple is a very important component, and it is required for the oven to function. I

f the thermocouple is defective, you’ll need to replace it, which is something that you can do yourself. You need to be safe, and you need the right tools, but it is doable. Follow the steps as listed below to replace the thermocouple on your RV oven.

  1. Safety is first, so you first need to turn off the gas. You need to find the main gas pipeline that goes into the oven gas regulator valve. You will see a diaphragm on it that allows you to open and close. Make sure that you turn this valve so that it’s perpendicular to the main pipe, which means that it is off.
  2. You are now going to have to find the thermocouple itself, which is at the very end of a copper tube that is attached to the regulator by a small nut. In case you can’t find the regulator, this is a very small and square metal piece that is at the rear of the gas oven. Just follow the main gas pipeline that goes into the back of the oven, and you should find the regulator.
  3. To remove the old thermocouple, you’re going to use a wrench to loosen the nut, then remove the copper tubing from the regulator. You’ll now use your screwdriver to loosen and remove the screws that keep the thermocouple in place. Very carefully pull the thermocouple out.
  4. Where the old thermocouple was, you now want to carefully clean away any grease and debris that might be present.
  5. Get your new thermocouple, and then screw it back into place right where you took the old one out. You then have to reattach the copper tube to the regulator by tightening the nut with your wrench. The process should now be complete.

Who Makes Magic Chef RV Ovens?

Magic Chef is technically its own line of products, although at this time it is owned by the Whirlpool Corporation.

For those of you who don’t know, Whirlpool also makes many other household appliances including dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and more.

Conclusion

You should now have all the information you need about troubleshooting your RV magic oven in the event that the pilot light does not work. You should also have all of the information you need to reset it if needed.

Madeline Cooper