Reasons Why a Gas Stove Keeps Clicking and Sparking

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A gas burner that continually clicks or sparks not only annoying, it could be a sign that the gas range is headed towards a breakdown.  Here are some things to try to stop the clicking noise, along with some parts to check that might be causing the problem.

WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

Make Sure the Knobs and Burner Area is Dry

Gas range stove top burner with ignitor exposed

Wet sponges from cleaning and over flowing pots can dampen the ignitor on the range. Unplug the stove and remove the burner grate, cap and head. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol in order to clean the spark electrode ignitor and to dissolve any liquid on the part. Let it dry completely before attempting to use the burner again.

Liquid from cleaning and from cooking can get into the stove and be the cause behind the burners continuously making a clicking sound. Make sure the area around the stove knobs, which houses the spark ignition switches and the area around the burner, next to the spark electrode ignitor are completely dry before attempting to use the stove top burners again.

 

If a pot over flowed or spilled on the burner, turn the gas burner off and let the area cool down. Remove the grate, burner cap and burner head to access the spark electrode ignitor. The spark electrode ignitor provides the spark that lights the burner flame and sits near the burner head.

 

Gas range panel with burner control knob removed.

 

Like the spark electrode ignitor, water can also get into the switches, either from cleaning by the stove knobs, or from overflowing boiling pots on the stove top. Turn off power to the stove and allow the switches to dry out to see if that solves the problem.

Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol in order to clean the spark electrode ignitor and to dissolve any liquid on the part. Continue reading

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Stove knob covers prevent your kids (and your dog) from turning on your stove

Just recently, a fire was started in a New Jersey home when a dog turned on the stove, burning a laptop which was placed on top of the stove. This illustrates two points – one, don’t leave anything on top of your stove, even if it’s turned off and two, your dog can just as easily turn on your stove as your child.

In 2009, ranges and ovens were involved in an estimated 17,300 thermal burn injuries with children under the age of 5 making up 5,600, or 36%, of those injured according to The Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Pets can also be the cause of fires and nearly 1,000 home fires are started every year  by the homeowners’ pets, according to the National Fire Protection Association. To prevent fires, many safety organizations suggest installing stove knob guards or covers to keep your child and pet safe.StoveKnobCovers

These clear stove knob covers by Child Safe mount under the knob without adhesive. The clear hinged lid allows easy adult-access to the knob when needed. Snap the lid shut to prevent child access to stove knobs.

To install:

  • Remove the stove knob and position the cover over the post.
  • Replace the knob back on and close the base push-in tab together.
  • Close the cover and snap into base to secure.

The lid covers can easily be removed when they are no longer needed on your appliance.

Comes in a pack of four clear knob covers. Purchase online at www.pcappliancerepair.com.

The dog involved in the New Jersey fire, who was home alone, was rescued by firefighters and is doing fine. Depending on the make of the stove, the above stove knob covers possibly could have prevented this fire.

Other suggestions for child-proofing your kitchen

  • Keep the latch on your dishwasher locked at all times. For added security, add locking straps to your dishwasher.
  • Run the dishwasher only after the children have gone to bed.
  • Turn pot handles toward the wall and away from the edge of the stove where little hands might grab them.
  • Use the rear burners on your stove whenever possible.
  • Use the lock feature on your oven door even if the oven is not on. This prevents your child from using the door to climb on.
  • Never keep treats on top of appliances or near the stove. Such placement might tempt the child (or a dog) to climb on top of the appliance to reach them.