February 20, 2015

How to replace a range spark module

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range spark module

This repair guide gives instructions for how to replace the spark module on a freestanding gas or dual-fuel range, but can be adapted to a built-in range as well. The spark module receives a signal from the burner switches and sends voltage to the igniter electrodes to make them spark to ignite the surface burner. If the spark module isn't sending voltage to one or more burners, replace the spark module with a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use the steps in this guide to replace the spark module on Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Electrolux, GE, Amana, LG and Samsung ranges.

Quick links
Tools required
1/4-inch nut driver
Screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off power and gas

    If necessary, pull the range away from the wall to get access to the power outlet and gas supply valve. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet and then close the gas supply shut-off valve.

  2. 02.

    Remove the upper back panel

    Remove screws from the upper panel on the back of the range and then pull the upper back panel off the range. As you remove the last screw, press on the upper back panel to prevent it from dropping.

    Remove the screws.

    Remove the screws.

    Remove the back panel.

    Remove the back panel.

  3. 03.

    Remove the spark module

    Take a digital picture of the wires attached to the existing spark module or tag them with labeled masking tape so you can connect them correctly to the new spark module. Disconnect all the wires attached to the spark module.

    The type of locking tabs or fasteners varies by model. Release the locking tab and remove the spark module from the mounting bracket. Discard the spark module.

    Tip: The location of the spark module varies by model. You might have to remove the lower back panel to access the spark module. It could be at the bottom of the range, behind a side panel or under the cooktop.
    Disconnect the spark module wires.

    Disconnect the spark module wires.

    Remove the spark module.

    Remove the spark module.

  4. 04.

    Install the new spark module

    Position the new spark module on the top of the mounting bracket and push it into place. The locking tab should snap into place when the module is in the right position.

    Using the digital picture or marked tape as a guide, connect the wires to the new spark module.

  5. 05.

    Replace the back panel

    Position the upper back panel on the back of the range and hold in in place while replacing the first screw or two. Replace all of the screws and tighten them firmly.

  6. 06.

    Reconnect gas and power and slide the range into place

    Plug the range back into the wall outlet and the open the gas supply valve.

    Slide the range into position, making sure the rear foot of the range properly engages the anti-tip bracket.

    Warning: The anti-tip bracket must be properly engaged so the range won't tip forward. Refer to the installation instructions for details about the anti-tip bracket.
Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Be sure to use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all ranges

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Main causes: faulty temperature sensor, electronic control board problem, control thermostat failure, weak burner igniter, oven door problem
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Main causes: bad bake element, broken burner igniter, control system failure, blown thermal fuse, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply failure, blown thermal fuse, bad relay control board, damaged terminal block, wiring failure
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Main causes: power supply problem, control thermostat or electronic control board failure, broken element, bad burner igniter
Main causes: food splatters, spilling food on the oven door, allowing liquid to drip through oven door vent when cleaning the door

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