Gas cook top igniter repair FAQs:
This article gives answers to frequently-asked questions about the the cause, diagnosis, and cure of cooktop or gas range igniter problems that cause continuous clicking, or failure to ignite gas burners or a gas oven properly.
This article series explains how to fix clicking igniters on a gas cooktop. Some of these conditions are dangerous. The gas igniter troubles discussed here apply to some models of gas appliances including gas stoves, gas ovens, and gas cooktops where an automatic or pilot less gas ignition system is used.
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Photo at left: the igniter module for a Jenn-Air countertop gas cooktop stopped working when a connector was shorted to the metal base of the range-top. Spills into the range top can short electrical wiring found inside.
Watch out: if you smell gas and/or suspect there are gas leaks do not keep trying to ignite the burner(s) as you could risk a gas explosion. See GAS LEAK DETECTION, LP / NG
The gas burner igniter questions & answers found here were posted originally at GAS COOKTOP IGNITER REPAIR
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On 2017-02-18 17:16:34.909638 by (mod) - successful repair of Lacacnche Macon gas burner igniter by cleaning
Fantastic. I'm so glad this information worked for you. Thanks for the nice feed-back.
I don't know where you're located, but Lacanche Macon appliances are sold both in their home France and in the U.K. If you're in the U.K. you can get more information and perhaps (when needed sometime) replacement igniters at
or if you don't have a user's manual this one might help
LACANCHE GAS SURFACE BURNERS User's Manual[PDF], retrieved 2017/02/18, Original source: https://www.frenchranges.com/support/lacancheuser.pdf
On 2017-02-18 11:41:03.699362 by GL
Excellent Helpful Site. Thank you. Our 12 year old but little used Lacanche Macon LPG gas oven has always been slow to start up from scratch, An recently it started intermittently clicking even though the pilot light was clearly on.
After reading your analysis I got a toothbrush and cleaned the igniter head and pin and the thermocouple. The toothbrush came out moderately dirty including rust I think. The oven igniter now works perfectly and quickly.
@Les, yes all burners spark at once on most igniter designs.
On 2017-02-06 23:22:36.543417 by Anonymous - bad modulator on gas igniter
On 2017-02-06 22:15:33.912104 by Les
Ok left front burner won't spark. Took rang apart. Found out the connection that the wires
Run through at the knob had burnt out. Switched wires for front right and left burners at modulator. Left front now sparks.
Replaced the part at the knob switched wires back still no spark. Switched wires again I have spark. Then I thought modulators was bad. Unhooked wire from modulator for front left tried without wire on high spark from that prong on modulator.
Re hook wire to it no spark. Why will it ark when not connected to that wire but not when it is connected. Remember I also switched the wires to see if it was bad or the ignighter both fine. Please help.
On 2017-02-05 21:37:20.654985 by Anonymous - should all four burners spark at once?Should all 4 burners spark when you you turn on a nob on a cook top
On 2017-02-05 12:16:53.248499 by MeeganALL switches work on one ignitor is this a problem I didn't connect the gas as yet
On 2017-02-04 18:40:06.264054 by Tom
I have a Kitchen aide gas cooktop, fairly old model. None of the burners worked so I purchased a new part for that (do not remember name).
Now the all work, except for one issue regarding the igniters. There are 4 burners, going from bottom left to bottom right a smaller burner, a large burner, small, then large. If you turn on either of the large ones everything works fine.
If you turn on the bottom left it works OK but will not stop sparking. If, however, you then turn on the other smaller burner they both stop sparking. So somehow both small burners need to be on for the igniters to stop sparking. In addition, the igniter in the big burner, working fine by itself, also starts sparking when the small burner is turned on. What is going on?
On 2017-01-20 18:15:13.207045 by viva
I have GE monogram gas drop-in stove, model number: ZGU384NSM2SS. Its only 3 years old. Since the time it was brand new the left rear burner would spark intermittently even if the burner was lighted. It never did so when the burner was off. Last Thanksgiving I had a major spill.
The whole stove stopped working. We did some troubleshooting and realized that the transformer wasn't working. Cleaned and dried the entire stove and then installed a new transformer. Stove started working but had another issue with one of the burners. Installed a new switch harness and that corrected the burner issue.
However now the left and right rear igniters will not stop clicking when burner is on. I have made sure that the igniters and the holes for the gas are completely clean. The horizontal flame that makes the igniter stop sparking is nice and big and blue. As a last attempt I even changed the igniters and installed new ones.
That didn't help at all.
Note: The igniters only stop sparking if I switch on both the left and right rear burners at the same time. If one of them is on by itself the igniter keeps sparking. Please help. I am at a loss.
On 2016-11-17 14:32:09.800474 by GrantHi. On two of my burners the igniter sparks, gas flows, lights and burns nicely while the knob is pressed in, but will not stay lit. They require multiple attempts and up to a minute before they will stay lit. The other two stay lit after two or three seconds. What's up. The model is Unique Elite 30"
On 2016-11-14 22:28:20.426993 by KevinIgniter on gas stove won't stop sparking when burner is off
On 2016-11-08 16:59:29.996871 by (mod) Check for debris onthe igniter or on the burner edge to which the igniter spark jumps
Start by checking for crud or grease on the igniter or on the burner edge or metal surface to which the igniter sparks. CHeck also for one or more cracked igniters. Many newer stoves rely on sensing the heat of the flame at the igniter to stop the sparking.
It might be diagnostic to try turning off burners one by one - you may find that one specific one, or its wire is the culprit.
On 2016-11-08 00:18:38.816803 by EmilI have a Viking gas stove and recently the igniters would not work on all 4 burners so I replaced the spark module. Now the stove will light but the igniters keep clicking unless all 4 burners are on. If I turn one of the 4 off, the clicking will start again. I can't figure out why this is happening. Do you think the spark module is defective or is something else causing the problem?
On 2016-10-16 13:08:07.157251 by ValMy burner problems was solved by reading your excellent article ... I had not replaced the top cover securely after cleaning. Easy fix. However, before I repositioned the burner top, I turned on an adjacent burner and the flame ignitor from the first burner briefly sparked as well. There was no ignition spark from the back two burners. Maybe this is normal and I just never noticed it before? Thanks for your answer.
On 2016-10-05 16:29:19.703371 by Robert
I have a gas range where the left rear ignitor isn't sparking. I have changed the spark module and the switch on the knob but spark module still wont ignite left rear.
If I go to ignite any other burner it sparks and can then have ignition. I have checked everything I can think of. What is going on?
On 2016-09-18 15:14:38.588212 by (mod)George:
On 2016-09-17 22:35:24.318558 by George Pevetonew cook top and igniters click constantly when the power cord is plugged into one outlet near the stove but works as designed when plugged into another outlet or when plugged into an extension cord from any other kitchen outlet
On 2016-09-08 04:00:11.664918 by Bonnie RoderickMy igniter quit,
On 2016-09-02 21:33:19.053125 by (mod)Lorendi,
On 2016-09-01 19:07:28.785653 by lorendi
We had the continuous sparking problem and performed all the recommended checks and cleaning but the problem persisted. Our "fix" was to install a bluetooth electrical outlet controller at the plug for the stove. Now, a quick press on the remote engages the outlet to the stove and the stove starts sparking.
After starting the burner(s) another click on the remote disengages the outlet and stops the sparking. Simple but not elegant - but cheap ($21 for the bluethooth controlled outlet at Home Depot). My wife likes this arrangement much more than dealing with a lighter.
On 2016-08-28 23:44:20.856739 by (mod) Summary of reasons the igniters won't stop clicking
Marmee, if you've checked each of the troubleshooting suggestions in the article GAS COOKTOP IGNITER REPAIR I'm probably stuck too, as there I list the reasons that igniters wont' stop clidking:
- burner top askew
- food spills
- cracked damaged igniter itself
- shorted igniter wiring inside the stove top]
- failed igniter control module
- defective burner control switch or switch wire from burner control to igniter control module
On 2016-08-28 02:06:07.153955 by MarmeeIgniters don,t stop clicking. Tried cleaning with alcohol, didn't help. What can I do next?
On 2016-08-15 23:29:40.198512 by (mod)David,
On 2016-08-15 08:23:21.464410 by David - gas burner knob must be in the right position for an igniter to work on some appliances
I've read your informative and helpful article above as well as comments related to my situation. Frankly, I'm uncertain you will add much to what is already said. We've had our stove for a little over 9 years now. It has worked will without a problem.
Today, after cleaning the stove top, I noticed the gad igniter clicking device ignites every few seconds. Using your diagnostic instructions, I re-cleaned around the igniters of each burner checking to see if one was damaged, etc. All seems to be well. What I have not done is look under the hood to see if there are problems with connecting wires underneath.
Are there other options that could be causing this phenomenon? At present, all appears in order aside from the systematic clicking go the igniter.
On 2016-08-04 18:51:43.345194 by (mod)LC
On 2016-08-02 14:37:58.049956 by LCHi, my stove top burners light perfectly BUT they wont stop clicking (and I have thoroughly cleaned everything!) help!
(Aug 24, 2014) Sue Deaunym said:
My Maytag gas range was installed about 6 years ago. Its never been exactly "right," and from time to time, the igniter would begin clicking every 10 seconds or so, even when the burners were fully off. (Unplugging the range for a few minutes usually remedied the problem.) The gas range replaced an electric one.
But we've always had some funky electrical problems in the kitchen that we've never before associated with the range.
An outlet strip wired into the outlet box into which the range was plugged would occasionally shock people who touched it. I inspected the outlet box and the strip, and could find nothing wrong with it. Checked with a volt meter, it seems OK.
I installed an underground gas line to a propane tank last week, and the guy hooking it up aid he was shocked on several occasions. So I went under the house and measured 120VAC on the copper pie leaving the house.
Disconnecting the range the stray current disappeared.
Looking at the starter devices at each burner, I see no problem.
How should I begin?
Thanks for this excellent tip about gas flame igniters - it's not one I'd considered and it makes perfect sense.
Some igniters depend on proper electrical grounding for proper operation including the sensing of when gas or an actual flame is present. I'll add your notes to the article above.
It sounds as if there is a wiring error or accidental short circuit in your range.
Start by turning off power to the range - that will turnoff power to any clock, control board, the igniter module, and the igniters and their wiring.
Next, remove the range top burner parts and top itself sufficiently to expose the wiring to the igniters.
Look for one or more shorted igniter wires. For example, if there have been spills into the range top interior the liquid may have shorted a wire, particularly if the wire, in its routing, is in contact with the metal base or side of the range top.
Also look for burned or shorted wires connected to the igniter module.
If all of the wiring is perfect and the clicking problem persists you may need to replace the igniter module and/or the control circuit board.
It's certainly possible that the stray current was a factor in damaging those components, particularly the control module which is what I suspect is the problem here.
17 March 2015 Jay said:
My cooktop electric igniter does not stop clicking and the knob is on off and no smell of gas. What could be the problem? I've unplugged the electrical cord so that it would stop clicking
In addition to the more detailed gas cooktop igniter diagnosis discussed in the article above,
(Apr 26, 2016) Anonymous said:
Good afternon my gas stove auto igniter keeps going with the clicking sound i have turn it of from the power point how can this be fixed
- a burner cap askew
- water, food, debris on the burner or igniter
- a shorted wire between igniter and its control
- a failed igniter
- a failed igniter control
(July 22, 2016) Graeme said:
Good evening. All of the gas igniters stopped working (no clicking at all) at the same time on our recently purchased Westinghouse dual fuel stove. Electricity is connected to the stove (stove timer on and electric oven works). Any suggestions? Cheers
I'd first confirm that the appliance has live electrical power, then I'd check for a visually-obvious failure such as a burned or disconnected wire to or from the igniter control module.
then I'd consider replacing the control module for the igniters.
To do that requires turning off the electricity to the stove, opening or disassembling it to expose and remove the igniter, and then installing a factory replacement.
2016/08/04 LC said:
Hi, my stove top burners light perfectly BUT they wont stop clicking (and I have thoroughly cleaned everything!) help!
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