Model #E36GC76EPS ELECTROLUX Counter Unit, Gas

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Q:

I have an Electrolux model E36GC76EPS cooktop. It is brand new. The igniters are clean. Two of 6 won't shut off after they are lit. What controls them?

A:

When you turn a burner on the switch located on the burner valve sends 120 volts to the ignition module. The ignition module powers the ignitor for the burner and it sparks.

When the flame ignites it burns on the tip of the ignitor and the flame absorbs the voltage from the ignitor. The flame converts the voltage to DC and conducts it to ground. The voltage travels through the frame of the cooktop back to the ground wire on the ignition module.

Usually a new cooktop that sparks continually is because the burner flame is not burning on the ignitor tip. Try positioning the burner and burner cap to get the flame to burn on the ignitor.

I am sending you an image from the owners manual that offers some tips on burner care for the future.

Contact the Sears retail store where you bought the cooktop and explain why you are just now using the cooktop. I am sure they can arrange your purchase date to coincide and you should get the full 1 year warranty on your cooktop.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
November 21, 2008
Q:

Should I replace the switch or spark module on my 6 burner cook top?

A:

The problem is not the igniter switch(s) and most likely not even the spark module. The most likely cause is the lack of a good ground or an open ground circuit, or the power supply could have reverse polarity. A dirty or wet ignitor is also a possible cause.

A burner igniter is located on each gas burner base. When a control knob is rotated more than 90 degrees counterclockwise, the igniter will spark and the selected burner will ignite. Additionally, due to Vantage Flame™, the automatic reignition feature, the igniters will spark automatically if a flame should blow out or be severely distorted by a draft or by a ventilation system. Burner igniters must always be kept clean and dry to function properly. Dirty or wet igniters will result in constant sparking, even if there is a flame present.

Burner igniters must always be kept clean and dry to function properly. Due to the Vantage-Flame™ reignition feature, dirty or wet igniters will result in constant sparking, even if there is a flame present. Additionally, igniters will spark automatically if the flame is distorted by a draft or by a cooktop ventilation system. Eliminate the draft or reduce the ventilation blower speed in this case.

When the cooktop is cool and/or more than two burners are in use, the igniters may continue to spark if the control knob is set to the “LOW” position. This is normal until the burner warms up. The tendency to spark under these conditions can be reduced by operating the burner at a higher flame setting for a short period of time (normally 60 seconds or less), then adjusting the control knob down to the “LOW” setting. The burner will also warm up faster if a utensil is placed on the grate.

• The flame should be steady and blue in color. Foreign material in the gas line, especially in new construction, may cause an orange cooktop flame during initial operation. This will disappear with further use.

• The flame should burn evenly around the perimeter of the burner. If the flame is uneven, ensure that the brass burner ring and porcelain burner cap are properly positioned, then check for any foreign material in the burner ring or on the burner cap. Remove any foreign material with a straightened paper clip, wire, or needle. Do not use a toothpick to remove clogs, as it could break off. Do not damage the brass or distort the shape of the burner ring ports.

• Never light the burners with a match or other open flame. If a burner does not ignite, refer to the Troubleshooting Guide.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
November 17, 2008