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“When off, the dial of a gas burner is usually either at the 12 or 6 o’clock position, and when you turn it to 1 or 5 o’clock, the igniter starts clicking. The next thing that should happen is that the gas ignites, and when that happens, you keep turning the dial to adjust the size of the flame.

If you hear clicking but get no flame, there are two possibilities. Either the gas isn’t flowing or the igniter isn’t working, but there’s an easy way to diagnose the latter condition. Simply turn off the lights in the room and look for a spark when you turn the dial.

If you see sparks, you may be able to fix the problem by readjusting the burner cap, which won’t allow gas to flow if it’s on crooked, or you may have to clean the burner orifices. It’s also possible the gas is off or, if you use propane, your tank is empty. If you don’t see sparks and you smell gas, it’s time to clean and service the igniter.”

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Cleaning the igniter may sound like a simple task but some times gunk buildup is so severe that it damages components. If your stove is still not lighting after light cleaning, it’s probably best to have it serviced. Determining whether your stove is getting gas is easy to assess. It’s highly unlikely that all of your burners will not function. If all of them fail to ignite than the problem is probably due to no gas flow.

The professionals at Apple Valley Eagan Appliance are trained to diagnose and repair all types of issues with stoves and ranges. Many times only a simple fix is required and your stove will be in working order within an hour. Call us at 952-953-0080 or visit our appliance repair page for more information.