Old Magic Chef Stove won't Light

Old 11-03-07, 03:23 PM
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Question Old Magic Chef Stove won't Light

We have a 15+ year old countertop Magic Chef Stovetop. We just turned the knob and we smell gas but nothing is lit. I am guessing its just the pilot light but not sure how it went out- can we just turn on the gas and light it with a long match? Thanks!!
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Did the burners it spark lite before? If yes and now none will light, you might have a bad spark module [about $36]. Can you post the model #? You could try to match lite but be careful.
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Hello Allison1ga. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

A 15 year old stove top not likely to have constant burning pilot lights. The stove top cook appliance is more likely to have a spark ignition. Usually one sparker for each burner but some models use one sparker for two burners.

If you heard sparking prior, then the appliance has spark ignition. If that is correct, then the spark module is likely burned out, as mentioned by daddyjohn.

Be sure to check for electrical power to the appliance at the wall receptacle before replacing any part.(s) Use a known good working table lamp, if you do not have an electrical tester. Plug the lamp into the electrical outlet. If the lamp lights, there is power. If not no power. Determine why and repair or have outlet repaired by a professional.

If and or when you attempt any repairs, "Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off or the stove top is unplugged from the power source before attempting any repairs."

Until the spark module is replaced or the wall outlet is repaired, you can light the burner(s) with a match.

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