GE cooktop - hard to light


Old 01-26-06, 08:41 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 6
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
GE cooktop - hard to light

I have a 14-year old GE JGP330 30" x 21" gas cooktop that's worked fine until about six months ago. Since then, whenever the control knobs are turned to the 'on' position, the ignitors click/spark correctly but no gas flows. We've found the only way to get the burners to ignite is to turn the control knob 'on' for 5 - 10 seconds, then off, then 'on' again, and so on, until the gas FINALLY starts. Once the gas starts (and we can tell by the "hiss"), the burner comes on and stays on. Any advice for what to troubleshoot? Thanks -

Sponsored Links
Old 01-26-06, 09:28 PM
Sharp Advice's Avatar
Admin Emeritus
Join Date: Feb 1998
Location: The Shake and Bake State USA
Posts: 10,398
Received 5 Votes on 4 Posts
Hello HighDesertTom. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Encountered the same condition many times myself. Usually but not always caused by a defective rotary valve. Usually the valve type that clicks when each flame size is selected as the knob is rotated.

That type of valve has a valve core but the core is not directly connected to the valves stem. This type, when wornout slips passed the setting or slips when the valve is tuned on but valve is not really on. Only the knob and stem turned and not the internal valves core. Solution. Replace the valve.

Unless there isn't any other problem related to the gas, assuming the gas is not propane. If only one valve is effected and not all valves, the problem can be assumed isolated to a defective rotary valve.

***>>>Cautionary Note:***<<<
Rotary gas valves are usually installed on a square tube manifold. The gas valves are not screwed into the gas manifold, like they are on round tube manifolds. They are attached with two screws and an "O" Ring on the valve. Care must be taken removing and reinstalling the new valve(s).

Range-Stove-Oven-Broiler Basic Help Information, Fault Codes & Mfg's Web Site Links

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be also. They will need the make, model an serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

***Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever the appliance is moved and/or a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Kindly use the reply button to add any additional information and or questions. Any additional information you add will than remain within this posting. Using this method also moves or keeps your question at the top of the list automatically.

Web Site Host, Forums Monitor, Gas Appliances Topic Moderator & Multiple Forums Moderator. Energy Conservation Consultant & Natural Gas Appliance Diagnostics and Repair Technician.

Personal Driving Safety Reminder:
Buckle Up & Drive Safely. "The Life You Save, May Be Your Own."
Old 02-06-06, 05:43 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 6
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks Sharp Advice!

I suspected one or more bad valves, but wanted an informed opinion before chasing the valves. FYI, all four valves are a little sluggish, but there's one in particular (the one we use most often) that's the biggest problem. Also, we have "city" gas -- not propane.

I'll let you know how this goes, if you're interested. Thanks again -

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: