How to Repair When Your Gas Stove Igniter Won’t Spark

Gas cookers are very beneficial in that there are almost instant heat and savings on long-term expenditure. Gas ranges offer the ability to cook even if there is no electricity, but unlike electric cookers, you have to light the burners so that you can cook. A cooker will always make a clicking sound when the burner knob is switched on. The sound originates from an electric igniter that sparks the burner after which the burner lights. In the event that it does not, then it means there’s a problem somewhere. Broken gas igniters make up the bulk of the most frequent repair issues in the cooking appliance industry. Fortunately, you do not need to be a professional to fix such issues.

How To Fix A Gas Stove

Here is a comprehensive breakdown of the reasons your gas stove will not ignite and how you can repair it.

Gas Stove Not Clicking Or Lighting – Cleaned Burner

A lot of ignition-related problems are because the burner head has just been cleaned. If this is the case, then chances are high that there is a lot of moisture in the burner head’s flame ports. As a consequence, the burner will click constantly but will not ignite until the flame ports are dried out.

This issue can be avoided very easily. Disconnect power to the cooktop before cleaning the cooker. Once you have finished cleaning the burner heads, shake out any excess water and allow them to dry for around 30 minutes. Once the burners are dry, put them in their relevant positions and light the burners. It should not take more than 10 clicks to ignite the burner.

Stove Top Not Working – Food Debris And Spillovers

Another issue that might cause your igniter won’t light the gas burner could be it is clogged with food debris and spillovers. A buildup of food particles could be hampering the flow of gas to the lighter. You can solve the problem by removing the grate covering the burner that you are having trouble with. Proceed to lift the burner cap and clean the surrounding regions with a washcloth, warm water, and soap. Get some warm water and vinegar, mix them together and soak the burner base in the solution. Use a brush to clean off any debris that could be stuck on the burner base. Put the burner base out to dry before reinstalling it.

Burner On Stove Won’t Turn On – Gas Supply

If the two solutions above do not work, then there could be an issue with your gas supply. A loose connection could also be the reason why your cooker is experiencing difficulties. There may be a myriad of parts functioning together on a stovetop and it is possible for the connections between these parts to come loose, especially during cleaning or installation. If the wires that link the ignition to the control module are not properly connected, then you will not get a spark to light your burner. What you need to do to fix this, is to disconnect the appliance from the power source. Remove the burner cap and base from the burner look for loose connections or disconnected cables. Proceed to secure any loose connections if present and reconnect any disconnected cables and reinstall the burner base and cap. 


If none of these solutions is able to fix your gas stove burner won’t light problem, then the ignition system or control module might be faulty. Get in touch with a repairman for professional assistance.


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