Reasons Why a Gas Stove Keeps Clicking and Sparking

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A gas burner that continually clicks or sparks is 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.

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Five Steps to Laundry Success!

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Don’t know where to start with your Laundry appliance shopping? Below are a five important tips to follow on how to make sure there is success when looking for the perfect appliance. Don’t let all the choices overwhelm the thought process, make a game plan before going into shopping and you can be successful.

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Why Does My Washer Vibrate? Causes Behind a Washer That Moves and Shakes

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If your washer vibrates or moves across the floor during the spin cycle, it might be due to improper leveling, flooring or possibly a broken or worn part on your machine. Here are some things to do and parts to check in order to fix the problem yourself.

Uneven load

This is the simplest fix. Stop the washer and try redistributing the load or try adding more items to the load. Be sure to “balance” you laundry loads by washing similarly-weight items together. Example, wash a load of towels together, a load of shirts together or with items of a similar weight. However, if your washer continues to vibrate or walk across the floor regardless of load size, then it’s time to look at other reasons.
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Why does the gas stove burner make a clicking noise?

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A gas stove burner that makes a clicking sound when the gas burner is turned on might be caused by moisture or dirt interfering with the surface burner ignitor, also known as an ignitor electrode or a spark ignitor.

Warning! Read this before attempting any repairs or maintenance on your gas stove.

The surface burner ignitor electrode is located on the burner and emits a spark that ignites the gas on the burner creating a flame. Overflowing pots, grease and other cooking debris can interfere with the spark. Try cleaning the surface burner ignitor electrode and the area surrounding it with a tooth brush, or a nylon scrubbing pad to remove any dirt or grease covering these parts. Allow the parts to dry completely before assembling and testing the gas stove burners again.

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Spooky noises from your appliances

What's causing those spooky noises coming from your appliances?All appliances make noises, but some sounds can signify trouble with your appliance. Here are some possible causes – and solutions – to the squealing, thumps and bangs from your appliances.

Clothes Dryer

Grinding sound
Worn drum glides. The drum glides provide a low friction surface on which the drum spins. Over time, these parts can become worn and will need to be replaced.

Rumbling or thumping sound
Worn drum support rollers which support the dryer drum as it spins. Over time, the rollers wear down and the shape of the rollers change and become elongated, forcing the drum to spin up and down on the non-round wheel surfaces.

Squealing
Dryer belt needs replacement.

Washing Machine

Loud banging
A loud banging from your washer when it’s in use might mean an unbalanced load. Stop the cycle by opening the lid and redistributing the items inside the washer’s tub. Overloading and under loading the machine might also be the issue. Either remove items, especially items that tend to absorb more water, or add items to balance out the load.

Use a levelling tool to make sure your machine is level and adjusts the leveling legs if needed.
Banging sounds and shaking might be caused by broken or worn parts that support the tub. Manually spin the tub of your machine while it is not in use and listen for any noises while it spins.
A bad rear bearing that sits in the outer tub and supports the spin basket could be worn or bad, causing the basket to move around during use causing extra noise.

Broken suspension rods which support the tub could also be the reason for a noisy washer. If the tub appears crooked inside the machine, it could indicate one of the rods has broken.

Shock absorbers support the tub while the washer is running. Worn shock absorbers could be the reason your washer is noisier than normal.

Dishwasher
Noisy or increased noise
An increased noise from your dishwasher could indicate a clogged or defective drain pump. Check to see if there is a blockage in the drain pump. If there is none, then the pump might be defective.

Squealing sounds
High-pitched squealing sounds when the washer is filling might indicate a low water pressure problem. Increasing the water pressure should fix this. If not, there might be a problem with the water inlet valve which will need to be looked at and possibly replaced.

Refrigerator
Squealing, rumbling sounds
Squealing or rumbling sounds from your refrigerator might mean that the evaporator motor is on its way out.

Squealing or chirping
A bad evaporator fan