Kenmore stove (sparker) not igniting. Please Advise

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Old 06-07-11, 07:47 AM
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Kenmore stove (sparker) not igniting. Please Advise

I have a Kenmore stove P/N: 316447424 and the front left burner isn't lighting. When I turn the knob, gas comes out but there's no clicking. Any ideas???

If it's a bad ignitor and/or need to replace it, how would I go about doing so?

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Old 06-08-11, 07:22 AM
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Hello mischief87. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Two possible causes for problem indicated.

The sparker is defective or the switch on top of the burner valve is defective.

If you're handy you can switch one component at a time and note the difference. Just be sure to unplug the appliance first before disconnect any wires on the sparker switch on top of the gas valves stem. And remember which wire gets connect to which terminal or write it down on paper to be sure not to interchange them.

My question to you is this. Does that sparker spark when another burner valve is turned on???? If no, then it is likely to be that sparker. If yes, then it is likely to be the switch on top of the valve stem.

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 and the gas supply 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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Thanks for the reply! The sparker does spark when another burner valve is turned on. So how would I go about replacing that switch on top of the valve stem? and what does it look like?
 
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To access the sparker switches, you'll need to remove all the top burner knobs used to turn on the burners. They pull up to remove. Do this carefully. Some may be easy while others more difficult. Then remove all the grates and decorative cover rings and lift the top lid. Then you'll see clear plastic round covers slipped over each switch. Remove them.

The switches are those off white plastic devices with wires attached to them. Carefully pull off both wires and lift off that plastic switch. Replace it with a new OEM part. Your local appliance parts store will have them. Install the new one exactly the way the old one was removed. Then test to verify spark at the sparker. Close lid and re-install all parts as they where originally installed.

>"Be sure the electrical power and the gas supply 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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So I removed everything that you mentioned and this is what I found...
stove :: IMG_0308.jpg picture by mischief2087 - Photobucket
stove :: IMG_0307.jpg picture by mischief2087 - Photobucket

I just want to make sure that this is what you're talking about and that this is what needs to be replaced. If this isn't it, can you post a picture of it?

Thanks!
 
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Old 06-12-11, 05:53 AM
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Pictures of the part are in the links below of just one online parts supplier.

Parts Depot Online, Inc.

Parts Depot Online, Inc.

Parts Depot Online, Inc.

Retail appliance parts dealers in your local area 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. Suggest you visit one of the stores near your area.
 
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