spilled water on GE Gas stove causing Electronic igintor to spark


Old 08-10-12, 06:43 PM
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Question spilled water on GE Gas stove causing Electronic igintor to spark

We spilled a good quantity of water onto the top of the gas stove. It has gone under the cover. When it originally happened both the electronic ignitors were sparking often at irregular intervals without the knobs being turned on. It has been almost an hour now and the right ignitor is still occasionally sparking at about 10 second intervals. All the burners work fine we have mopped up all the water. Do I need to be worried about the sparking? What is causing it? Will it stop once it is dry?

Any help ASAP would be appreciated!!
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Old 08-11-12, 07:23 AM
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Hello gootwo. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

If the condition still exists, unplug the appliance first, then remove the knobs. Then lift the top cover or remove the front panel to access the sparker switches. Located on top of the valve stems. Use a hair dryer to dry out any moisture in and/or on the switches. Should resolve the condition.

Before reassembly, carefully plug stove back into electrical power to test. Sparking stopped okay to reassembly everything back the way it was. Random sparking continuing, repeat drying process again with appliance unplugged until condition no longer exists.

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Old 08-11-12, 03:15 PM
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Seems to be all fixed. Thank you for your help.
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we have done the same thing, we turned electric source off to ignotor and removed knobs and dried with blow dryer. we can light them with a lighter but I am concerned about a short. the top to cook top does not lift up we go under the cooktop to turn off electric.
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Welcome to the forums.

Have you dried the unit out or has it dried out now ?

Most, but not all, cook tops lift up for servicing and cleaning.

After everything is dried out the risk of a short is minimized.

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