Range: Gas burner won't spark or ignite

A surface burner igniter switch and a spark module activate the spark electrode when you turn the knob on a gas range’s cooktop to the “light” position. If you don’t hear the ticking sound of a spark jumping from the igniter electrode to the burner head when you start a burner, check the igniter electrode first. Clean the electrode if it’s covered with spilled food. Replace the electrode if the ceramic insulation is broken.

If the electrode is okay, you may need to replace the igniter switch or spark module.

These repairs may help solve your Range problem:

Replace the range spark igniter electrode

Spark igniter electrode

The spark igniter electrode—also called the surface burner igniter—is an insulated electrode that provides an ignition spark to light a surface gas burner. It sparks and makes a ticking sound when the burner switch is turned to the Lite position. Replace the spark ignition electrode if it fails to spark or if the ceramic insulation sleeve is cracked or chipped.

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Replace the range surface spark module

Spark module

The surface spark module is in the ignition circuit for the gas surface burners. When a surface burner control knob is turned to the "Lite" position, it provides voltage to the spark electrodes on the gas surface burners. If the surface spark module fails to provide the electrodes with voltage, then it should be replaced.

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Replace the range spark igniter switch

Spark igniter switch

The igniter switch is an electrical switch on the stem of the gas surface burner control valve. This switch completes a circuit to the surface burner spark module, causing the burner igniters to spark when the burner switch is turned to the Lite position. Replace the burner igniter switch if the burners don't spark when you turn the burner control knob to the Lite position or if igniters spark constantly even when the burner knobs are in the Off position.

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