Model #JGP636WEV7WW GE Counter Unit, Gas

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None of the burners light. There is no spark. Check outlet and it is on. JGP636WEV7WW Ge Gas cooktop

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How to replace my GE Porcelain top Gas cooktop?

A:

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Glass cooktops can shatter if there were any stress fractures anywhere on the top. Sometimes they shatter for no apparent reason too. The gas burner valves would no cause the glass top to shatter. It could have been thermal breakage or stress fracture causing it to shatter.

Removing and replacing the glass top is a relatively easy procedure. 

NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the cooktop before servicing. 

To remove the glass top;

 

  1. Remove the burner knobs.
  2. Remove the screws securing the burner bowls to the burner.
  3. Disconnect the electrode wires from the electrodes.
  4. Lift the glass top off.
 
NOTE: When removing the screws securing the burner bowls to the burner, be careful and do not twist and break the screws. If the screw becomes tight as you turn it counter clockwise (CCW), stop and thread it back in a little and then attempt to remove the screw. You may have to slowly work the screw out and back in several times until it will come out. You may want to spray a small amount of oil on the head of the screws and let them soak before attempting to remove the screws. The screws have been known to seize up and break up off if you are not careful in removing the screws.

 

 
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
August 12, 2013
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Thank you. I looked at the diagram for the cooktop and I see an electronic clip that is above the burner bowl. I don't see that on my cooktop at all. Could this diagram be a newer diagram different from the cooktop I have? What would the electronic clip be for? Thanx

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b -
August 15, 2013
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B: There would have to be a spark electrode prodruding up from the burner bowl next to the burner head or the gas burner would have no way to ignite. The electrode is used to create a spark between the electrode and burner head.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
August 16, 2013
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I haven't replaced the cook-top yet as waiting for help to do it. In the meantime I was wondering about that spark electrode . Do they go bad and if they do how would it affect the cook-top? The front right burner is working but I've noticed that when the flame is on high it is really very high and it's not just a blue flame but has orange at it's tips. I'm wondering if some how the amount of heat going to that burner is too high and that may have caused the cracking of the cook-top. I know that the seals under the burner pan are the buffers between that pan and the cook-top. Most of that burner's seal was burnt, so I'm thinking that there is a problem with the control of the heat. Any ideas and suggestions before I put everything back together. I have the new cook-top and the new seals. Are there any instructions for putting the seals on also? You guys are such a lifesaver! Thanks so much.

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b -
August 23, 2013
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B; The spark electrodes do not fail. The ceramic base/insulator on the electrode assembly can become cracked causing the spark to jump to the nearest ground and not ignite but they don't fail. If the ceramic base is cracked, then the electrode should be replaced. There are no instructions for removing and installing the seals but you should be able to see how to remove them from the glass top. As far as the flame being too high, there is not really any adjustments that can be made other than to not turn the burner valve up so high. It may need a new burner valve or it could have the wrong orifice for that burner. Also, if the cook top is connected to LP gas, was the cook top converted over to use LP gas? I added an image with some useful information.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
August 23, 2013
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Thank you Joe for all your help. I guess then it's just to replace everything and cross my fingers. This is an older unit and I love it and have had no problem at all with it up until now. Thanx again BBestone

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b -
August 23, 2013
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surface thermostat JGP636WEV7WW Ge Gas cooktop

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Thank you for the inquiry and for using ManageMyLife.com.

I am not sure what you mean by thermostat. This GE Gas Cooktop does not utilize a thermostat for the surface burners. The burners are controlled by gas valves under the knobs that control the amount of gas to the burner. From there, the spark module creates the spark through the electrode that ignites the flame.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for using ManageMyLife.com.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 10, 2013
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Someone had told me that the reason that the glass surface shattered could have been due to a faulty surface thermostat. I've ordered the glass top which is still available, plus i am going to be ordering new gaskets for the burner pans. I was wondering what would have caused the surface to shatter. It didn't explode, it just shattered into tiny pieces and remained intact. This happened as I was finishing cooking. Since I'm replacing the glass and it'll be sealed I was wondering if there would be any other parts that I should replace. Thanx for you input.

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b -
August 10, 2013
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Thank you for the response and for using ManageMyLife.com.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly why the cooktop glass shattered in this instance, but glass can shatter if the temperature changes dramatically from hot to cool, for example, if you were cooking on one of the burners, and had a major spill over onto the glass, that temperature swing could shatter the glass. Another possibility would be if the glass had pre-existing hairline cracks that may not have been noticable, and if something dropped onto the glass, it could cause it to shatter. Either way, it's an unfortunate circumstance.

The only other part I would recommend ordering along with the gaskets for the burner pans, would be new gaskets or seals under the cooktop for the knobs. That way it will be guaranteed to be completely sealed upon installation of the new top. With the replacement of those seals and the maintop, you should be in good shape.

For convenience purposes, I have uploaded a section of the service manual for this model that shows the maintop breakdown and replacement instructions if you plan to do the repair yourself. I have also included a blue link below that you may click on to be directed to the PartsDirect page where you can purchase the seals below the knobs.

Control Seals for Model JGP636WEV7WW

Just click the thumbnail sized attachment below to open it up in a new window. Hopefully this helps and wish you all the best with the G.E. and upcoming repair.

If you have any further questions or inquiries, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for using ManageMyLife.com.

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
August 10, 2013
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