Electric igniters spark the surface burners on a gas stove/range. When you turn the burner on the igniter produces a clicking sound which should stop once the flame appears.
When you turn on your gas stove or range burner but it won’t quit clicking or ticking there are simple repairs but also difficult parts repairs. Not all repairs are for one model of stove so check your owners manual for your specific model instructions.
If your burner is clicking but not igniting check to make certain the burner cap is centered on the base. If clicking is still an issue check to determine if any liquids have been spilled on the cooktop or is it possible that there may be a draft in the area.
A clicking sound will occur if there is no gas, check to see that the gas supply is open to the burner. If the burner ports on your stove are clogged this may prevent ignition and your ignitor may continue clicking. If that is the problem you can clean out debris and buildup from the ports using a metal pin.
If moisture is in the burner ports the burner won’t ignite. Turn off the gas supply and use a hairdryer set on the cool cycle to dry the burners.
A weak igniter or intermittent igniter spark means you will need a new spark module. If some burners spark but some don’t it’s usually an indication that the spark ignition switch may need to be replaced.
Bad spark electrodes can be the cause of constant clicking. This may be something that you may prefer calling a qualified appliance repair person to fix.
If your GE stove surface element is not heating or functioning properly, this is some repair advice for the most common GE stove/range problems you might have.
Always make sure that the surface elements are not hot and have cooled down before handling them. If one of the surface elements has stopped working on your oven or stove/cooktop you can simply do a visual check and see if there is a break in the element or if the element has bubbling, a burned hole or blistering. If the surface element does have visible damage it is likely bad. However, you can’t always tell if an element is good or bad by just examining it with your eyes.
Check to make sure that the surface element has not come loose from the terminal block that it is plugged into. Some surface elements simply plug into the receptacle – terminal block requiring no tools for removal or replacement. Other elements have a screw attaching them to the receptacle – terminal block. Make sure that the screws are tight and have not come loose, a regular or Phillips head screw driver will be required.
If the coil surface element still does not heat up after the above procedures have been performed you will need to do a continuity test. If you have a multi meter or OHM meter you can check the element for continuity, if the element shows continuity then it is good. If it shows no continuity then the element is bad and will need to be replaced.
If the damage is on the terminal ends of the element with corrosion buildup or signs of charred or burnt spots it is a good idea to replace the terminals as well or else you might not have good electrical contact after the new element has been installed.
If you have checked the element for continuity and it is good, next you need to check the receptacle terminals and wires for obvious damage such as burnt spots, melted plastic, arching or corrosion. If damage is found you need to replace the terminal block with a new one. If you have checked the coil element and the terminal block receptacle and have determined that they are both good and in working order, you will need to check the infinite switch – surface burner switch for continuity. It is the switch that the coil element selector knob is attached to on the console or top of your oven/stove, depending on the make and model. If the switch is bad replace it with a new one.
More stove/range/oven repair help
Above I have listed the most common reasons why a stove/range surface element will not heat or function properly. If you are not able to repair your stove/range with the repair help that I have listed above you should call a reputable and qualified service technician who can, hopefully, get your oven back in working order.
The surface element, also known as the coil surface element, transfers heat to the area on top of range.
Your stove, oven or cooktop will eventually need a repair part or two, sometimes they are
very easy to install. Your average range surface burner will usually last
6 years or longer.
Range and oven bake elements, under normal use, will usually work for eight years or more.
Broil units usually hold up much longer. It is not unusual to see stove-oven-range units that are twenty years old or older that have never needed any repair parts.
Range, Oven, Cook Top Repair Help
Some oven repair tips.
If the bake or broil element in your oven or range is not working
and you can’t see any exterior damage such as a small hole or a break in the element
where it has shorted out or any other obvious parts damage, it may have a wire
that has come off of the terminal clips on the element or one of the wires may have shorted
where it connects to the bake unit terminals. Since a lot of people buy stove, range and oven parts
only to find out later that the problem was a burnt wire, it might save you an
unnecessary oven repair parts expense if you check this out before purchasing new parts.
Oven Bake Elements
If you have an ohm meter (available at most hardware stores) you can check
oven-range-stove element for resistance. Usually if it shows resistance it is an indicator
that the burner is good and the problem may be in the oven, range, stove selector
switch or thermostat.
Surface Element Burner
Your oven, range or stove surface unit parts as shown above may start working erratically.
If this is so, The terminal ends on the stove burner may be charred or burnt. This will cause the range
burner to lose electrical contact at times with the terminal block it plugs into. It is quite often
better to replace both range parts. If the terminals on the surface unit are burnt then the contacts
on the block are probably burnt also. If new part is used with a burnt terminal block these
range, oven repair parts may not last very long or give proper service.
Range/Stove/Cooktop Surface Element Switch
If your oven, range, stove or cooktop surface unit switch such as the one shown above
becomes defective, your burner may stay at high heat when you turn it on, even if you
have it at a low setting. Of course the burner element may not come on at all when the switch
is turned on. Repeat, the main symptoms when these range, stove parts become defective is
too much heat or no heat.
Range/Stove/Cooktop Surface Burner Terminal Block
These oven, stove, range terminals are installed with ceramic wire nuts that usually
come with the parts kit, along with installation instructions.
To obtain the best repair results when using wire nuts, make sure each wire you are
connecting to each other is bright and shiny. You may need to use sandpaper
on the wires to achieve this result.