Why is my Gas Stove Still Clicking? | How to Replace a Spark Ignition Switch


Is your Gas Stove or Range making a clicking noise even after the burner lights, or worse is the burner not lighting at all?  If you’ve already gone through the troubleshooting tips we shared the other day (if you missed that post, you can find it here)  and are still faced with this issue it might be time to replace your Spark Ignition Switch.

316032000-Frigidaire Spark Ignitor Switch

Part #316032000-Frigidaire Spark Ignitor Switch

The Spark Ignition Switch is controlled by the Surface Burner Control Knob on your stove or range, this part causes a spark to emit to light the burner (this spark is what makes the clicking sound).  Today we are going to share with you the step-by-step instructions on how to replace your Spark Ignition Switch.  

If you don’t already have the replacement switch you need for your model, you can find it on our website here.

*WARNING: Before starting this repair, make sure that the appliance is cooled and completely disconnected from the power source by unplugging it and shutting of the gas supply to the range.  This tutorial is meant to be a guide, consult your manual for specific model related details or contact a certified technician.  

 Tools needed for this repair: 

-Work Gloves

-1/4″ Nut Driver

-Phillips Screwdriver

-Flat Head Screwdriver

Wood Block (for some models)

Removing the Old Spark Ignition Switch: 

  1. Unplug and Close the Gas Supply Valve.  You may need to pull the range away from the wall to do this.
  2. Remove Burner Grates and Burner Caps and set aside
  3. Remove Burner Heads/Burner Base.  If necessary, use the 1/4″ nut driver to remove any nuts securing the Burner Heads.  Set aside.
  4. Remove the screws securing the burner tube/orifice holders to the cook top
  5. To release the cook top, insert a flat head screw driver under the front or side edge (depending on model) and lift up to release the mounting clips.
  6. Depending on model, either gently lift up and remove cook top or prop open with wood block.
  7. Open oven door completely and remove screws around the Manifold Panel

    Manifold Panel

    Remove screws around the Manifold Panel

  8. Pull the Control Knobs straight out and remove.
  9. Remove the Manifold Panel
  10. Disconnect the wires for the switch you need and remove them from the metal clips.  Remove the switch from the Burner Valve.  *On some models, the switches may all be connected with a single wire harness and will all need to be replaced at once.  (An example of this part can be found here.) 

Installing the New Spark Ignition Switch:

  1. Snap the new Spark Ignition Switch into place on the burner valve, place wires in clips, and re-connect
  2. Replace the Manifold Panel and Screws and shut oven door
  3. Replace or lower the Stove top back into place.  If applicable make sure Spark Electrodes are up through their respective holes
  4. Replace screws securing orifices/gas tubes into place
  5. Replace Burner Heads making sure notch is aligned, if applicable replace nuts to secure
  6. Push knobs back onto the valve stems and replace Burner Caps and Grates
  7.  Open gas supply valve and plug in the stove back in

From start to finish, this repair should only take 15-30 minutes.  If you don’t feel comfortable or are unsure at any point during this repair, always consult your manual or contact a service technician.   You can find Spark Ignition Switches and many other OEM Range parts for your model on our website.

Have a question or comment?  Leave it for us below!  Be sure to like and share this post and check out the rest of the 1st Source Servall Blog.

3 thoughts on “Why is my Gas Stove Still Clicking? | How to Replace a Spark Ignition Switch

  1. Peter Krol

    Still getting clicking after replacing. The stovetop I have had 2 identical burners so before buying parts not needed I swapped parts out from one to the other you would think that the problem would switch to other burner also but not the case. The original burner problem is still there. My question is how does the burner know that it is lit ?

    • It really depends from model to model. On some units the ignitor is able to sense that it’s lit, while on most others the signal simply comes from you when you turn the knob past “lite.” It’s hard to say what the problem could be for sure if you’ve already replaced the switch. If possible I would recommend having someone come diagnose it for you. That way you can be sure that you’re replacing the right part.

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