Electronic Ignition on Gas Stove problem.

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by molo, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. molo

    molo New Member

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    The gas company just turned the gas back on. The stove only lit once, and will not lite any more. Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

    TIA,
    Molo
  2. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    There might still be air in the line. Did you try to light the burners manually? If they light manually, then you have an electrical problem. If they don't light, then it's a gas problem. Since there's no standing pilot, you may need to open each burner individually for a few seconds to purge the air.
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  3. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Yes, and it might even take longer than that. Open one burner and give it a spark every couple of seconds until it lights, then do the same with the others and let them all burn for a minute or so to purge the line.
  4. molo

    molo New Member

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    It lit once, now I can hear the gas running, hear the ignitor, and even smell gas, any more ideas?

    TIA
  5. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    Our stove has electronic igniters that always click when they should but only actually light one burner. So, we use a fireplace lighter when we need any of the other three. Let me know if you figure out what it takes to make them work like they should!
  6. molo

    molo New Member

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    Thanks guys,

    They are working, I tried the manual lighting and let it burn. That got all 4 elements and the oven working fine.

    Thanks!
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Can you see an arc for those igniters that don't seem to light their burners? SOmetimes, all it takes is a careful cleaning of the contacts to get them to work again.
  8. molo

    molo New Member

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    They are all lighting now Jad, but it does take 5-6 "clicks" before it happens, maybe I'll clean them.

    Thanks for the help
  9. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    On mine, there are two igniters for four burners, and only one of the igniters will light even one burner. My guess is that the gas does not flow toward the igniters like it should, and maybe that is because the little tubes between the igniters and the burners are not "shiny new".

    Even after installing a new igniter in the oven below, neither could I ever get it to work. So, I ultimately took all the gas parts out and made the oven electric.
  10. Verdeboy

    Verdeboy In the Trades

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    How the heck did you do that?
  11. leejosepho

    leejosepho DIY scratch-pad engineer

    I came across an old oven-stove somebody had set out for pickup, and while the burners looked really nasty, it was obvious the oven part had hardly ever been used. So, I took the heating elements and wiring and control out of that one and installed those parts in mine. I drilled holes in the back of the oven box where the elements stick through, then used all the mounting hardware that came along with the elements. The electric control and thermo bulb bolted right into place where the gas ones had been, but the knob does not quite match and I could not use the old one.

    Interestingly, it was after the fact that a chef told my wife gas tops with electric bottoms are preferred among the pros!
  12. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Yes, dual-fuel stoves are often preferred. Depending on what you are doing, electric ovens are 'drier' and can be (but not necessarily are) more even in temperature.
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