gas stove ignitor clicks yet no flame on one burner

Old 10-02-11, 01:32 PM
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gas stove ignitor clicks yet no flame on one burner

i have a kenmore gas stove. 1 of the 4 burners does not light up. I can hear the clicking on that burner but does not light up. Any ideas????
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Usally there are a series of small gas ports going from the top of the burner to a somewhat larger hole at the bottom.

When you turn on a burner, gas is squirted down that larger hole and lights off the spark, then flames run up the small holes to light the burner.

The most common cause of the burner failing to light are that those holes are plugged with debris and need to be cleaned. The wire from a wire brush is a good tool for cleaning.
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Hello ireneski. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Top burners that do not light from a pilot flame or from a sparker ignition, the most common cause can be restricted burner ports around the circumference of the burner head and or restricted burner ignition ports. Often times boil-overs and debris plug up the ports.

Ignition ports are tiny holes up one side of the burner head. If these holes are restricted, they must be cleared out. Cleaning can be accomplished using sewing pin needle. Do not enlarge the ignition holes. Doing so will have adverse burner lighting effects.

In cases of extremely dirty burner heads, soaking the burners in very hot water with plenty of dissolved automatic dishwasher detergent for several hours, rinsing and drying or a combination of both methods for heavily soiled burners.

Read the sticky note regarding cleaning of top burners. Several ways to accomplish the task and help resolve the problem. Range-Stove-Oven-Broiler Basic Help Information, Fault Codes & Mfg's Web Site Links Range/Stove/Oven/Broiler Info, Leak Detection, Fault Codes, Fuel Conversion & Links - Community Forums

If you need further assistance, use the reply button to add any additional information or ask additional questions. Doing so will automatically keep your question at the top of the forum list.

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.

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