Norge ovens and ranges are no longer manufactured, but owners may find they need to replace the ignitor or other
parts. Generic or universal parts may be purchased online or through traditional online retailers, which carry
oven ignitors that are interchangeable for Maytag brands Norge, Montgomery Ward, Jenn-Air, Admiral and Magic
Chef. Oven ignitors typically last between five and eight years before they must be replaced. A well-functioning
ignitor works by glowing intensely, which lights the gas coming from the electric gas valve. An old ignitor may
still glow but not well enough to light the gas.
The Norge Appliance Co. was owned by BorgWarner, an Auburn Hills, Michigan, auto parts manufacturer founded in the
1880s. At the time, it was common for auto industry companies to have an interest in home appliance
manufacturers, with General Motors owning the Frigidaire brand and Chrysler operating Airtemp, its air
conditioning division. Vintage Norge gas stoves can be found on-line and in specialty stores. A model from 1937
featured a metal plate covering the gas burners, two storage drawers, an oven and a broiler. Another 1937 model,
the Deco Style, also featured hide-away gas burners and came with a cream-and-apricot colored porcelain cabinet
with matching salt and pepper shakers. The Norge brand is owned by Maytag, which was purchased by Whirlpool Corp.
in 2006. The brand name is currently not in use.
Tips For Troubleshooting Oven Ignitors
Appliance parts sellers list the Norge range ovens as compatible with universal (or generic) ignitors sold through
internet and replacement parts stores. Ignitors are classified as round or square; long, intermediate or short;
and single- or dual-mounting brackets. Norge oven owners should know their appliance model number and have the
original part with them to ensure the correct style and size is purchased.
Norge appliances are no longer manufactured, and the brand has been retired. Some vintage and antique businesses
recondition appliances and may offer limited warranties. Parts manufacturers may offer warranties, and buyers
should check with the replacement parts seller or repair service provider.
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