If you own a Gas Stove or Range, you’re probably all too familiar with the clicking noise they make when you turn the Surface Burner Knob. Click, click, click, and the burner lights. This noise is the Electric Ignitor working to spark the Burner and should stop once it’s lit.
A normally functioning igniter will typically click up to three times before it sparks. But, every now and then you may run into instances where the ignitor continues to click or tick even after the burner is lit, or the burner never lights at all. So what do you do? Before you buy a new ignitor for your stove, we have a few troubleshooting tips you can try that may solve the problem.
WARNING: A clicking ignitor typically is not dangerous and may continue to click if the gas is shut off. If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak, shut of the gas supply, exit the area, and contact a technician or your gas supplier.
Out of Alignment
So what might have caused the problem? One of the most common sources of this issue is that the Burner Cap is out of place. Make sure the cooktop is completely cooled and remove the Burner Grate to access the cap. Try removing the cap and center it on the base. If the burner cap is askew, it can prevent the burner from lighting.
If that doesn’t work, check for moisture. If you recently had a pot boil over on burner, a food or grease spill, or cleaned the cooktop, there may still be moisture present even if it looks dry. Remove the burner cap, and give the burner time to air dry. To speed up the process, make sure all the burners are off and towel off the top of the range. You can then either use a fan aimed at the range top, or set your oven to 350° and leave it on for around 30 minutes to speed up dry time.
Food or Debris
If you see that there is debris stuck in the holes in the burner, that could also potentially be the culprit.
You can use a metal pin or paper clip to clear the debris out of the the grooves. Never use items such as toothpicks to do this, they may break off and get lodged inside.
If you get through all of these tips and still have the clicking problem, it may be the Spark Module, Spark Ignition Switch (check out our Spark Ignition Switch repair guide here), or the Ignitor itself. You can find replacements for your model stove for purchase on our website. If you feel comfortable, this is a repair you can do yourself. But, if you’re ever unsure don’t hesitate to contact a technician and consult your owner’s manual.
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