Range Repair – Gas Burner Won’t Light
Now you’re cooking with gas! Or you would be, if you could get the stove lit. If your gas burners won’t ignite, the following guide will help you locate the problem and find the best solution to get cooking again.
Important: Before troubleshooting, be aware of the symptoms of a gas leak. Exposure to natural gas can lead to sickness and even death. If you suspect a gas leak, shut off the gas and leave your home immediately. Once safely outside, contact a professional repair service like It Is Fixed to locate and repair the leak. If you feel dizzy, nauseous, and have a headache, contact local emergency services.
Warning: Before investigating the burner, disconnect the oven from the power by unplugging it from the wall or turning off the power at the circuit breaker. Make sure the grates and burners have cooled completely.
Remove the grates for access to the burner. The burner should lift off. If you meet any resistance check for screws that need to be removed.
Possible Cause: Lack of Gas
If you are low on gas, or if there is a clog or leak in the line, your gas range will not have the fuel it needs to burn. Turn on the burner and use your sense of smell to detect the scent of rotten eggs. If there is no smell, you may not be getting enough gas. Contact It Is Fixed for to diagnose the cause.
Possible Cause: Wet or Dirty Burner
Spills or dirt buildup can block ignition. Cleaning the burner may resolve the issue.
First, remove the burner cap. Most do not require tools to remove, but the burner caps are attached with screws for some models. Refer to your owner’s manual for information on the best way to safely remove the burner cap.
Check the holes in the burner for clogs from food or grease build up. Clean any obstructions with thin wire or paperclip. If the burner is clogged with grease, the burner will need to be cleaned thoroughly. Please refer to our Gas Stovetop Maintenance Guide for more information. Be sure to allow the burner to dry completely before attempting to spark ignition. If the burner still does not work, further troubleshooting is necessary.
Possible Cause: Blocked Ignitor
The ignitor is the small white ceramic piece that generates the spark and ignites the gas. You will hear it click when you turn on the burner. Remove the burner cap and inspect the ignitor for food debris and buildup. Remove build up from the ignition with a damp cloth and a small piece of wire. Allow the ignition to fully dry before attempting to use the stove.
Possible Cause: Faulty Ignition Control Module or Ignitor
Modern gas stoves use an electronic control module for ignition. It provides the surface electrode with the voltage needed to ignite the gas when the stove knob is in the light position. If this part is faulty, your stove top won’t light. The easiest way to check the ignition control module is to look for the ignition spark. Turn off the lights in the room. It is easier to see the spark of ignition is a dark room. Light each burner, and look for the brief flash of light coming from the ignition. If there is no spark, the control module may be faulty. If you see a spark, but the spark is yellow or orange instead of blue, the ignitor may need to be replaced.
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