Stove/Range Ignition Problem

Old 10-11-03, 06:39 PM
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electronic ignitor on Kitchen Aid cooktop won't light

I have a sealed-burner glass Kitchen Aid cooktop fired by natural gas (model KGCT305X) that has worked great for the past ten years, but all of a sudden, the electronic ignitor system failed this week - no "click" at all on any of the four burners. I've checked for the obvious things - circuit breaker and polarity of the plug - but the problem appears to lie elsewhere. Any suggestions? Thanks as usual for the terrific help this forum is known for!

Old 10-11-03, 08:19 PM
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Hello garbid and Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic.

Glass top cook top. A difficult unit to attempt to access. Lots of care must be taken on many of these style units. The glass top must be removed exactly as the instructions state and lots of care has to be taken once the glass top is removed. Equally so during the reassembly procedure. Just thought you needed to know.

If all the sparkers stopped working at once and for no apparent reason, it is likely the spark module burned out and or the fuse near it burned out. Which may also indicate an electrical short.

To determine this, some testing for current may be required. First test for current at the wall plug. Use a volt meter and set the scale to above 120 volts. Test for wall socket current.

Another method is to plug a lamp into the same wall outlet the cooktop is plugged into and turn the lamp on. The idea is simply to test for electrical current getting to the appliance.

A test for current will have to also be done across the fuse holder if there is a fuse. Some models do not have fuses. Test for current at the wires attached to the switches which are ontop of the burner valves.

If you cannot determine exactly where the current stops before it gets to the switches or if there is none to the switches, chances are the module is defective. Replacement is the only option.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be also. They will need the make, model and serial numbers.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

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