Kenmore Gas cooktop igniter question

Old 08-11-07, 09:45 PM
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Kenmore Gas cooktop igniter question

My Kenmore 30" gas cooktop was clicking by itself about 6 mos ago, I unplugged it and turned off the gas. (2nd home) I am now ready to use it, I plugged it in and tried it (without gas) and ALL 4 igniters click, is this right? Also, I turned on the gas, and attempted to light it, but I heard an extreme rush of gas coming out and got scared. What is this? should I turn the main gas lever down or keep at full open?? Help.

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Hello PTB218. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

All four sparker's are suppose to click when one burner is turned on. It's a design safety feature. However, when the sparker's activate when not in use, it's usually a condition that indicates the spark module is defective or a short exists in one of the sparker's switches.

The switches and their wiring connections are located on top of the gas valves. White plastic parts on the stems beneath the burner knobs under the front cover.

More detailed information on this located in the sticky note in this forum topic. Range-Stove-Oven-Broiler Basic Help Information, Fault Codes & Mfg's Web Site Links

Pertaining to the "extreme rush of gas coming out" I cannot reply. I would have no way of knowing what that is all about. However, if there are already other gas appliances in the house and they are working and operating correctly, it can be reasonably safe to assume the gas pressure and volume is ok. If you have any doubts, contact the gas supplier.

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.

***If and or when you attempt any repairs, "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."

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