A gas stove that won’t light requires some problem-solving, including what to make for dinner. Why is my GE range burner not working? The burner components may be dirty, blocking the flow of gas or preventing the igniter from functioning properly. Our GE profile gas cooktop troubleshooting includes how to clean the burners and pinpoint other burner issues.
How to Fix a GE Range Burner Not Working
Sometimes simple maintenance or a DIY fix can correct a GE range burner not working. Other instances may call for a professional repair. The following troubleshooting tips can determine the right reasons and solutions for gas range burner problems.
Inspect Gas and Power Connections
Before assessing a range malfunction, first determine if faulty gas or power connections are responsible for your gas stove burner not working properly. Gas stoves still require electricity to power certain functions.
Check your range’s gas and electrical connections with these tips:
- Inspect the circuit breaker: Check for flipped breakers in your home’s circuit breaker box, repositioning them if necessary.
- Assess the electrical outlet: Make sure the range is properly plugged in to a working outlet.
- Avoid extension cords: They can’t safely transmit the level of electricity the range needs.
- Check gas connection: If none of the burners ignite, ensure that the gas valve is properly connected to the gas supply and in the on position. Damage or improper connections need to be addressed by a professional service.
How to Clean GE Gas Stove Burners
Dirty burner components are a common reason a GE gas range burner won’t light. Grease, spills, or food particles can clog the igniter and burner ports, preventing gas from flowing or the burners from igniting. Regular cleaning of each burner component with the right supplies and techniques can remove blockages, allowing the burners to light.
Here’s how to clean gas range burners after removing the grates:
- Lift the burner caps off the burner bases.
- Soak for at least 3 hours or overnight in a bowl of dish detergent diluted with warm water. Add ¼ cup of ammonia for stubborn stains.
- Scrub caps with a non-abrasive scrub pad and rinse.
- Dry with a soft, clean cloth, allowing additional time for air drying.
- Lift the burner base off the cooktop.
- Locate the slot on the outer ring of the burner base and the notch in front of it.
- With a pin or toothpick remove any debris, residue or water from the slot and notch.
- Wipe with a clean cloth.
- Wipe the igniter with a clean, soft cloth or paper towel, making sure it’s dry and free of debris.
- Push the igniter back in place.
- Replace the burner base and burner cap, making sure each fits securely.
Defective GE Gas Range Igniter
If you still find your GE range burner not working after these interventions, it’s possible the igniter is defective. When you turn a range knob on, the igniter clicks as it generates an electrical spark, lighting the gas flowing to the burner. Once lit, the burner flames should be a consistent blue color. If the flames appear yellow, it’s possible that the igniter doesn’t have enough gas and the flow needs to be adjusted
Are the igniter and burner components clean and dry but you notice the gas burner not sparking at all? The igniter is likely defective. A defective igniter should be replaced by a professional stove repair service.
The team at CD Appliance Repair can fix a GE range burner not working or resolve any gas range issue. Schedule your service with us today!