Gas stoves are great for precise heat regulation when you're cooking, but they are not immune to ignition problems. If you turn on the burner and the flame doesn't light, you'll need to do some troubleshooting to find the source of the problem. Luckily, there are some things that you can check to narrow things down before you call for service. Here are some tips to help you find the ignition problem in your gas stove.
Understanding How It Works
Before you can effectively troubleshoot your gas stove, you need to understand how the ignition cycle works. When you turn on the burner, it opens up the flow of gas to the burner and engages an electronic igniter that will trigger a spark. The spark ignites the gas, creating the flame that you need for cooking. Then, you can turn the knob to the setting you need for cooking.
Troubleshooting The Igniter
If nothing happens when you push the knob in on your gas stove, that's an indication that you may have an igniter problem. Make sure that the grates on the burners are cool to the touch, then remove them from the stove. Check each igniter individually by turning the knobs on each burner. Listen for the igniter click when you turn the knob. Make note of each burner that doesn't click when you engage the igniter.
Once you've checked each burner with the dial, it's time to have a look under the hood. Lift the top of the range and support it with the bracing rod. Then, look for the metal tubes on each burner. That metal tube is the igniter. Check the wire connection on each igniter that didn't respond. Push the wires into the connector to make sure that they're secure. Then, test it again by turning the knob. If the wires are secure in the connector and the igniter still doesn't click, it's time to replace the igniter.
Checking The Burner
If the igniter clicks, that's a sign that the problem is with the burner itself. It could be the gas line or the control module. To isolate the issue, turn the burner knob to its halfway point. Then, hold a long fireplace lighter to the burner and press the button on the lighter to light it. If the burner doesn't light, your problem is with the gas line and you need to call the gas company for service.
If the burner does light, it's time to adjust the igniter. Turn the burner off and let it cool. Then, use a hex wrench to loosen the screw on the end of the igniter. Move the igniter closer to the burner, then tighten the screws again. Turn the knob on the burner to test it again. The burner should ignite. If it doesn't, that's an indication that you need to have the control module replaced.
With the tips presented here, you can narrow down the source of the problem with your gas stove. This may save you the call to a technician, particularly if the igniter just needs to be adjusted. Luckily, these steps can also help you discover potentially serious problems with your gas line or the control module on the stove. Either of these problems should be resolved by a specialist. For more information, contact a company like Arnold's Appliance.