3 ways to troubleshoot a gas stove - HMS National, Inc.

3 ways to troubleshoot a gas stove

September 18, 2014

If you're having problems with your gas stove, there are a few things you can try before calling a repair technician. However, before you start tinkering, it's crucial that you unplug the appliance and shut off the gas. You should take every precaution to make sure you're safe while working on your stove, including having another adult present and wearing protective hand and eye gear. Use these three troubleshooting tips to find out whether your stove just needs a little bit of cleaning or if you need to call a professional.

1. Clean the burners
If a burner won't light, the most likely cause is that the ports that release gas are clogged. This is bound to happen eventually to even the most cautious cooks. All it takes is a pot boiling over or some grease dripping down into the holes. Luckily, this is also an easy problem to fix. Simply remove the burner and soak it in a solution of mild soap and water. This should break down the gunk that's clogging the ports. After soaking for 30 minutes or so, wipe down the burner with a soft cloth. Allow the part to dry completely before replacing it on the stove.

2. Check the pilot light
If cleaning the burner doesn't fix the problem, the next step is to check the pilot light. A pilot is a small gas flame that's constantly burning inside the oven. When you turn on a burner, the pilot flame gets bigger and ignites the gas burner through a series of reactions. If you lift the range top, you'll be able to spot your pilot light. If the flame is lit and burning steadily, proceed to step three. If the flame isn't lit or wavering, you'll want to call a repair technician to clean and relight the pilot.

3. Test the igniter switch
If you've cleaned the burner and checked the pilot light to no avail, the final step you can take is to test the igniter switch. This test will tell you if you simply have one failed switch or if your module is blown. To do this, you'll need to plug the stove back in and turn on the gas. When you've done that, simply turn on a working burner and then the one that won't light. If the bad burner turns on, this likely means that its igniter switch needs to be replaced. If you notice problems with both burners, it's probably a problem with the module. In either case, check your appliance warranty and see what steps you'll need to take to replace the faulty part.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.