GE gas oven/range

Old 08-04-11, 02:15 PM
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GE gas oven/range

I have a GE model# JGSP28BEK2BB gas oven/range, 5-6 years old. The other day the igniter just started clicking for no reason. All controls were off. Now, whenever it is connected to the wall outlet it continues to click-click-click, until its unplugged. We have to light the stovetop by hand and are unable to use the oven. Any ideas as to what's going on?
Old 08-05-11, 06:16 AM
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Hello Mafute. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Constant sparking usually indicates poor heating of the element rod. Flames from burner must imping (touch and/or be in contact with) spark element/rod.

When this happens, the resistance value to current power changes and is sensed by the spark module. Which in turn turns off the module.

Try this:
Clean sparking element. Use an old tooth brush or similar item. Brush sparking rod/element to remove any debris. Be sure all ports/holes/slot in burner head are clean. Especially in area where flames must be in constant contact with sparker.

Check the electrical connection at the base of each sparker for a good connections, wiring and cleanliness. Also check the terminal ends at the switches and the spark module.

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The sparking module may be defective. Defective sparking modules may not spark each time or for not a long period of time. They can also create a weak spark all the time or after a period of usage or no spark at times. Or they often constantly spark as a sign of being defective. Unable to hold a charge.

Spark modules are not repairable. The entire part must be replaced. Replacements are available at the local appliance retail parts store listed in the phone book.

Another cause could be reversed electrical polarity. The plug end will have 3 prongs. It must be directly connected into a properly wired and grounded wall receptacle. Reversed electrical polarity over a long duration of time will destroy the spark module.

DO NOT use 2 prong extension cords to lengthen the existing appliances electrical wire. DO NOT bypass the grounding pin on the end of the appliances electrical cord. Doing either of these will also damage the spark module.

If you attempt to do any repairs, be sure the electrical power is turned off or the stove is unplugged. If you choose not to do the repairs yourself, contact the dealer's local service agency. Until then...unplug the appliance and light the burners with a match.
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Did you spill any water or other liquids on the range top? That is a common reason for this complaint. If yes, remove the valve knobs & take a hair dryer and blow around the valve stems.

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