How to Replace a Range Spark Igniter Electrode


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This DIY repair guide gives instructions on how to replace the spark igniter electrode for the surface burner on a freestanding gas or dual-fuel range, but can be adapted to a built-in range as well. Replace the spark igniter electrode with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if you see physical damage or if the spark won't light the burner because the ceramic insulation below the electrode tip cracks.

This basic procedure works for Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, GE, LG and Samsung ranges.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 45 min.

Parts Required

  • Spark igniter electrode

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Safety gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges.

The cooktop and grates must be cool to the touch.

You might need an assistant to help remove the cooktop.


 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.

Step 1: 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.

Close the gas shut-off valve.

Step 2: Remove the grates, burner caps and burner heads

Remove all the cooktop grates and then lift the gas burner caps off the burner heads. Set these parts aside.

Using a 1/4" nut driver, remove any nuts that secure the gas burner heads in place. Remove the burner heads from the cooktop.

 Tip: Mark the burner caps with a note indicating their location (Left Front, Right Front, Left Rear, Right Rear).

Step 3: Remove the cooktop

Remove the screws that secure the top of the cooktop to the top of the burner orifice holders. 

To pop the cooktop out of the 2 mounting clips under its front edge, position a slot screwdriver or stiff putty knife between the front of the range frame and the cooktop, about 3" from the side of the range. Push the tool straight into the gap and lift slightly to release the clip that holds that side of the cooktop. Repeat for the other side.

Lift the front of the cooktop and then carefully remove the cooktop without disturbing the burner orifice holders. Set the cooktop aside.

Step 4: Remove the spark igniter electrode

Carefully disconnect the wire that's attached to the bottom of the spark igniter electrode. 

Release the metal clip from the bottom of the gas burner  rifice holder and remove the clip.

Remove the spark igniter electrode from the burner orifice holder assembly and discard it.

Step 5: Install the new spark electrode

Push the new igniter electrode into the burner orifice holder assembly. Fasten it with the metal clip.

Push the wire onto the connection spade at the bottom of the new electrode.

Step 6: Reattach the cooktop

Position the cooktop on the top of the range and snap it into the mounting clips on the front lip of the range.

Insert the screws into the holes that secure the cooktop to the gas burner tube orifice holders. You may need to move the burner tube orifice holders around slightly to line up the holes and insert the screws. Tighten all screws firmly.

Step 7: Reinstall the burner heads, burner caps and grates

Position the burner heads in the correct locations, screw them into place and tighten the screws firmly.

Cover the burner heads with the burner caps in the correct locations.

Set the grates into place on the cooktop,

Step 8: 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.