My Stove’s Gas Burner Won’t Light! What Do I Do?

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Around 38% of Australian households use gas stoves for cooking. There’s a good chance that you use one yourself.

While it has its perks over electric (such as good temperature control and immediate heat), gas burners may pose some problems, especially when they refuse to light.

is this currently happening to you? If your gas burner won’t light, then here are a few things you should do.

Clean the Gas Stove

Admit it: when was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your gas stove?

If it’s been a while, this might be what’s causing your burner not to ignite. Anything from crumbs to grease can be preventing the igniter from getting proper gas flow to create a fire. So try and clean your stove first to see if this helps.

First, make sure the grate is not hot; lift it off and take off the burner cap. From there, you can take the whole burner out. For some models, you’ll also have to unscrew the screws that are holding your burner in place to get it out.

Underneath, this is where you’ll need to scrub. Use some warm, soapy water and a sturdy cloth.

For the burner itself, you can soak it in warm water; add vinegar if there’s particularly stubborn debris on it. Once it’s soaked for a bit, you can then scrub it with a stiff brush.

Replace your burner, any screws if necessary, and the burner cap. At this point, you should be able to light up your burner.

Dry Your Stove out

We may have spoken too soon in the previous section. If your stove is too wet, your burner won’t ignite. So if you’ve just cleaned your gas stove and tried to ignite your burn immediately, it’s probably not making a difference.

In this case, you’ll need to dismantle your stove again. Check the cap and head to see if they seem wet.

If so, then leave them out to air dry for a little bit. If you want to speed up this process a little, leave both of these things in a warm oven that’s not on.

Once you’re sure these items are dry, replace them on your stove. Try to light the burner; it might take up to 12 clicks for it to finally ignite.

Check the Cap and Head Position

It may be something as simple as user error when it comes down to a gas burner not lighting.

Perhaps you’ve recently cleaned your stove in the last week or so, and you know for a fact that your stove is completely dry. In this case, you’ll want to take a closer look at the burner cap and head.

You’ll be able to tell that they’re in the right positions if the cap is flat and secure against the head. They should match one another as well.

Unclog the Gas Feed

When you’re trying to light the burner, do you still hear clicking? And when you turn the knob to try and light the burner, do you see sparks, but no actual fire?

Then you may have a clogged gas feed. Fortunately, this is very easy to fix on your own!

Follow the steps above to dismantle your stove. 

In the back, you’ll see a small hole. If a clogged gas feed is your problem, then you won’t be able to see any light come out of it. This is because over time things like grease and dust build up in this tiny hole.

Get something small (like a toothpick) to poke through the hole and clear all the debris out. When it’s clean, you’ll be able to see light come through.

Replace everything and try turning on your burner. It should be in operable condition now.

Fix the Electrode

For your burner to operate correctly, the electrode has to be properly seated.

To check it, first unplug your stove for maximum safety. Once you’ve removed the grate, cap, and head, look down. You should be able to see a white electrode.

This electrode needs to be flush with your gas stove to function. If it’s not in this position, you should twist it clockwise until it’s flush.

Take a Look at Your Spark Igniter

Is your gas burner still not working after you’ve unclogged the gas feed and cleaned up your stove a bit? Then there may be an issue with your spark igniter.

Just like how the gas feed can get clogged over time, your spark igniter connection might’ve gotten loose as time’s gone by.

To check the connection, unplug the entire unit for your safety. Take the burner head and take it out; you should see wiring attached to the bottom of it.

Follow this wiring from the bottom-up to see if they’re properly attached to your burner head. If anything’s loose, then this may be the culprit behind your gas stove not lighting.

Try These Tips If Your Gas Burner Won’t Light

If your gas burner won’t light, then the above tips should help. However, if it still won’t come back on, you’ll need the help of a professional that specializes in fixing stoves and ovens.

We at Norwest Appliance Service have been serving Sydney for the past 3 decades, so we know how to get the job done quickly and correctly. Our reliable technicians will diagnose the problem promptly and get your stove up and running again in no time.

Chances are, you’ll need to have your igniter either repaired or replaced. Either way, we’ll be in and out before you know it.

Does your gas burner need some professional attention? Then get in touch with us now.