When your gas stove won’t light it can feel like you’re in the dark in more ways than one. With so many possibilities, large and small, it’s hard to know where to start looking for a solution. We’ll review typical scenarios in which gas burners won’t ignite, like after a power outage or cleaning, along with common reasons why.

Common Problems and Solutions When Your Gas Stove Won’t Light

Narrowing down a solution is difficult when it seems like there are numerous problems to confront. But there are usually just a few situations with specific reasons when a gas stove won’t light.

Gas Stove Won’t Light After Cleaning

Problem 1: Igniter is Clogged with Debris

Even though you may have cleaned the burner caps and heads after a messy cooking session, the igniter itself may still be clogged with debris. If the igniter is dirty from spillage or caked over with grease, it can’t produce the electric spark needed to light the burner.

Solution 1: After cleaning the burner caps and heads, gently chip away at any debris on the igniter with a plastic toothpick or utensil. Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the area around the igniter.

Problem 2: Moisture on the Igniter

If you used water or a liquid cleaning solution to clean your stove top it’s possible this liquid soaked the burner’s igniter. Since moisture suppresses electricity, the stove igniter won’t spark if it’s wet.

Solution 2:

Gently press a dry paper towel on and around the igniter to help absorb any remaining moisture. Allow the igniter to air dry for at least 2 hours before testing the burner again.

Gas Stove Won’t Light After Power Outage

Problem 1: Blown Fuse or Tripped Breaker

If your gas stove won’t light after power outage it’s possible the outage caused a fuse to blow. It may have also tripped the stove’s breaker in your home’s circuit breaker box. When this happens, your stove won’t receive any electricity to fuel the igniter even after electricity to the house is restored.

Solution 1: Reposition any flipped breakers in your circuit breaker box and replace blown fuses to restore the stove’s electrical connection.

Problem 2: Power Surge Damaged Igniter or Control Panel

Power outages sometimes occur as the result of a power surge. This momentary but rapid increase in electrical power can damage electrical components in the control panel or igniter

Solution 2: The igniter should create a quick blue spark when lighting the burner. Observe the igniter while trying to light the stove. If the igniter exhibits no spark or a weak, yellow spark it’s damaged and requires replacement. However, if the stove is unresponsive to any commands it’s likely the control panel that’s been damaged and will need to be replaced.

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Gas Stove Won’t Light, Just Clicks

Problem 1: Misaligned Burner Cap

If you find that your gas stove won’t stop clicking, it’s possible that the burner cap isn’t positioned correctly on the burner head. If the burner cap isn’t correctly replaced after a cleaning or is knocked out of place from heavy cookware, the burner won’t be able to light.

Solution 1: Check your burner caps to make sure each is positioned correctly on top of the burner head.

Problem 2: Faulty Igniter Components

If your gas stove won’t light and the range won’t stop clicking it’s possible that the igniter’s mechanism is faulty. The defect could be with the igniter’s wiring, control module, or the igniter switch itself.

Solution 2: While an igniter’s control module or switch can be individually replaced, a defect in wiring may require replacement of the igniter’s entire system. We recommend a professional service for the assessment and replacement of an igniter or it’s components.

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If your gas stove won’t light even after these tips it may be time to call in the gas stove experts. Call Las Vegas Appliance Repair to help solve the problem!