Just when you were absolutely sure that the exciting world of fixing your stove's spark module was something you'd never be a part of ... today on the blog ... How to fix your spark module!
Last week I showed you how to fix the spark ignitor on your stove. Consider yourself lucky. Most people go through their entire lives without ever knowing what a spark igniter is, let alone knowing how to fix one.
Can you imagine?
And it's as easy as wearing a hat or making Jello. Simple.
I get questions from people about why I do these things myself which got me thinking.
I've always been curious and a fan of taking things apart and putting them back together just because I could. Once you do that, you realize that everything is just made up of a bunch of crap all joined together.
If something breaks, you find the particular piece of crap that's broken, replace it and just like that you've fixed your dryer, stove or kneecap.
But now, at this point in my aged career, I could afford to begrudgingly pay someone to do these kinds of things. So why do I still do it?
Curiosity, habit, and cost effectiveness are a few of the reasons but mostly because it's just faster and easier to do it myself. I can Google the problem and order the part that I need faster than I could get a recommendation for a serviceperson.
And I never have to wait for me to show up within a 12 hour period ranging from the most ridiculous hour in the morning to the most ridiculous hour at night. I'm always here.
How to replace your gas stove spark module.
Step #1 is always turn the power off to the stove.
To replace the spark module (which is the part that supplies the power to the spark igniter) you need to find it first. Check your stove manual or Google it. My spark modules are right in the front of my stove and easily accessible.
I said it was easily accessible, and it is. But it will look moderately terrifying once you remove the front of the stove.
The spark modules are the blue boxes you see. Two are visible, and there are two more that you can't see as well above.
This is where you'll get nervous, but don't. It all makes sense when you break it down.
Look at the burner that isn't working. Follow the wire that leads from the burner to the spark module. THAT will be the module you need to replace.
See? It's just logical.
Wander around your house for 30 minutes looking for the spark module you bought a month ago. It will be hidden REALLY well because you were smart and put it somewhere that it would be safe.
Once you find it proceed.
The module will be screwed into place, so undo that. Remove the wires from your module paying attention to how to put them back.
Just take a quick photo to remind you.
Then grab your new module (which you ordered online or got at a local parts store).
Reinsert all the wires and screw the module back into place.
Then turn the power back on and test the burner.
You just fixed your stove. Yourself. For $50 or so. You're magical.
Did you fix it yourself? Don't forget to tag me on Instagram so I can share your DIYing magic.
It ain't that hard. Any of it.
Except making a hat out of jello. Making a hat out of jello is best left to the professionals.
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The oven igniter (usually under the removable oven floor) is a very similar replacement...
You inspire me.
But I have an Electric Stove with 1 no working burner... 🤷♀️
This is brilliant! I love knowing how to fix things myself AND looking like a genius when someone else has this problem!
Thanks! The gas cooktop in our new-to-us-but-not-new home has some troublesome Sparkys - now we know what to do!!❤️
Your advice and writing style are always an inspiration! I am going to sell my electric stove and buy a gas stove just so I can wait for the spark unit to crap out so I can fix it. Thanks for all your columns - they're always fun and exciting!
I think that's a wise choice. ;) ~ karen!
You so smart! We've discovered the same techniques and have so far repaired our washer, dryer and dishwasher. Saved lots of $, and frustration waiting for the repair person to finally appear.
You are so handy!
Good thing you posted these instructions for peeps like me, who are somewhat clueless!
Thanks for the spine-straightening pep talk! Now, I hope I can find the ignitor I need .My wire tangle is more crazy than yours, but I'm still feeling brave--a little.
You can do this Steve. I have almost every confidence in you! ~ karen!