Model #JGP628BEC1BB GE Counter Unit, Gas

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GE Gas Cook top ignitor problem and HOW do you get the TOP off the unit?

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Alina -
May 25, 2013
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Alina, thanks for the follow up. After removing the torx fasteners from the burner bases I finally got the top piece off by very carefully working the porcelain ignitors out of their metal clips... The porcelain ignitors are a REALLY tight fit. Was afraid I would break them but gently just pulled and twisted with mechanics pliers and SOFT cloth on the porcelain and they finally came loose. Was able to verify the part number on the ignition module and will order one if I can get some feed back as to how it could cause the problem. To recap, when the stove is OFF...the spark module fires about every 15 secs...never stops. It operates fine in the normal burner lighting mode...clicks rapidly a good strong spark. So HOW can the module fail to intermittently discharge, I do not know. If we can verify that I will get a new module ASAP. Any thoughts on the problem please comment. Thanks, Pete

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Pete -
May 25, 2013
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The spark module should not even attempt to cause the electrodes to spark unless the one of the burner knobs is rotated to the light position. Over the stem of each burner valve is switch that is wired in a series parallel circuit. Whenever any one of the burners are turned to the light position, the switch closes which complete the path of voltage to the spark module at which time all the electrodes will begin sparking. The first thing I would check and confirm is if the polarity is correct at the wall outlet.

I added a image below with the instructions for removing the top to access the spark module and the switches. You will need to disconnect the wires from each electrode before you can remove the top. Be sure to disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing.

 I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.


 

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2013
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Thank you for your question.  I am sorry you are having a problem with your GE JGP628BEC1BB Gas Cooktop

The instructions to remove the cooktop are in the image below.  I suspect the spark module is the cause of the problem.   

 Caution: Before attempting any repair, remember to turn the power off first. 

You can reply below with any additional details for further assistance. 

You can also have the problem repaired in your home by a Sears technician.  Here is the link: Sears Home Services Stove Repair

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2013
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Joey and Fred, Just wrote a coherent detailed response the web site timed me out...man, you have to copy/paste letters at this site or you will lose your text without warning.. OK, cleaned the switches with contact cleaner/lube. Then blew out the switches with compressed air. The liquid coming out was filthy. Dried them best I could, no change or even worse at the right front switch. The RIGHT FRONT switch I think is worn out and contaminated. Other switches work OK. Yesterday I had ordered a new switch harness, it should be here by the weekend. Will check the outlets with a polarity checker light. Has been done in the past, but can't hurt, especially as the old dedicated oven and range outlets are now down rated from 220/30 amps and I will need check them out. Currently the range unit is plugged into an extension cord and remote outlet which should be ok. If the new wiring harness is not the problem, I'll try the module. After that wire an on/off switch and mount it on the counter...! I ordered new GASKETS for the burner bodies...the old ones seem to have a aluminum paste under them...do these help to ground the burners to the chassis or insulate them from ground? Will report after I get the new parts in. Thanks, Pete

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Pete -
May 28, 2013
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Pete; The burner base will need to be grounded so I would have to assume the paste is used for conductivity eventhough I have never seen the paste used on a range before.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 28, 2013
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Joey, The old gaskets seems to leave an aluminum residue, maybe they are composite with a layer of conductive paste inside. After I get the old switch harness off again out of curiosity I am going to check it for current leakage. Have a good Triplett digital ohmmeter. Current leakage is the only way I can think of to SLOWLY recharge a spark module....but it sure is a consistent amount....go figure. Un-commanded sparking does seem to occur slower since I shot the switch with cleaner, now more like 20-25 seconds instead of 15 secs. But that one switch is now intermittent when you TRY to turn on the circuit... Thanks Pete The Meant to do that yesterday but didn't think of it.

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Pete -
May 28, 2013
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