Your gas range’s spark igniter hates you. You know this because – it won’t spark which is literally it’s only job. Here’s how to fix it.
- Identify the jerk spark ignitor. It’ll be the one that doesn’t spark.
2. Remove the top grate so you have access to the burner. Don’t get distracted by the gunk or the fact you’ve never cleaned the gunk.
The white post in the middle of the burner is the spark igniter. Sparky. Only, with no spark. So Sparkless.
3. Unplug the spark igniter from the wire it’s attached to.
Sparkless the spark igniter just plugs into a wire that leads to the spark module. You don’t need to know about the spark module, but if you don’t get a spark and replacing the spark ignitor doesn’t fix the problem – you could have a defective spark module.
But let’s just ignore that fact for now.
4. Because you’re going to pull out the entire thing.
Each range is different, the spark ignitor is attached to the burner which is attached to the gas tube which in turn …. slips over the gas pipe.
A gentle tug and the gas tube will just pull right off of the gas pipe.
The ONLY way for your spark igniter to break is if it literally breaks or cracks. If you whack it with a pot for instance or crack it while cleaning it.
5. Flip the burner over and remove old Sparkless by removing the screw holding it in place.
6. Grab your new spark igniter. It’ll be the one that doesn’t look disgusting and hasn’t disappointed you.
7. Screw it in where you unscrewed the original one.
8. Slip the burner and tube back into place. Make SURE the tube is placed over the gas line (which is inside the hole you can see near the end of the tube.
9. Now connect the new Sparky (fingers crossed) to the wiring again and give her a whirl.
Like I said if this DOESN’T fix the problem, you probably have a faulty spark module – which is also an easy fix that we’ll get to next week.
I’m constantly amazed by how easy these fixes usually are.
If you’ve never tried to fix something around your house the notion of doing it probably seems ridiculous.
But a lot of things that break in your house aren’t exactly complicated mystical contraptions. Except maybe your leg.
Appliances and electronics and doo-dads have parts that make them work. Identify the part that isn’t working and it’s usually pretty easy to order a new part and replace it.
Most times that’s all there is to fixing something.
That or giving it a donkey kick. But we’ve established that a broken leg is a bit trickier to fix yourself so keep that in mind.
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