Whirlpool Control Knob will not turn. Feels Locked or Frozen

Old 09-15-13, 07:38 AM
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Question Whirlpool Control Knob will not turn. Feels Locked or Frozen

I have a Whirlpool Gold double range # ggg388lxs. I just noticed that the control knob on the far right will not turn at all. I am able to push it in but it will not turn. There are always power surges in the neighborhood and we have to reset the breaker. Could this be the culprit? I have never had this issue after resetting the breaker. I did clean the stove on the right side very well so don't know if this is the issue but the stem will definitely not turn. Tried all the others and they turn just fine. There is nothing wrong with the knob itself and I switched out the left control knob by putting it on the right and it just wont turn. It feels locked or frozen in place. Please help. thank you very much
Old 09-17-13, 08:19 AM
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Hello hewnew and Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic.

The condition described requires some safety concerns. Not all that uncommon for a top burner valve to frozen in place. Usually but not always as a result of lack of usage and or time and age. Each valve is internally greased. Lack of usage causes the grease to drain down internally, dry out and/or deteriorate, etc.

Best and safest advice is to replace the valve. Repair is not an option. Or one may elect to leave it as is until a service agent is called for some other repair on the appliance.

To accomplish a replacement, one needs to be handy with small tools, able to pay attention to small details, be mechanically inclined and safety conscious. Idea is to know which type of valve it is and how it is installed onto the gas manifold. Thread in type or o-ring type with a compression fitting.

Your local appliance parts store will know. 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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