Many gas range owners love the speed, responsiveness, and control of their stove. However, gas range burners can be troublesome when they won’t light on command. We’ll troubleshoot some common causes when your Frigidaire range burner won’t light, specifically when it needs a good cleaning with the right methods.
What to Do When Your Frigidaire
Range Burner Won’t Light
Don’t be too fast to call for a repair (or takeout) when your Frigidaire range burner won’t light. Many reasons for a range burner not working have DIY fixes you can address quickly and easily at home.
Check the Power Connection
Even though you have a gas range the burners still require electricity to ignite. Here’s how to check your power connection if your Frigidaire range burner won’t light:
- Check your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box for tripped breakers or blown fuses. Reposition your stove breaker or replace the fuse if necessary.
- Make sure the stove is plugged in properly to a functioning outlet.
- Avoid using extension cords to power your stove. They can’t safely relay the level of power the stove needs to operate.
Clean the Faulty Frigidaire Range Burner
Accumulated dirt, grease, and food particles are some of the most common reasons a Frigidaire stove burner will not light. These cooking byproducts can build up and clog burner components, preventing them from igniting. Just as proper oven maintenance can keep your oven clean, regular range maintenance should include cleaning the burners and their components.
Follow these steps to clean a gas range burner’s individual components safely and easily:
- Consult your owner’s manual: Your manual may have specific instructions about which burner components can be removed or recommended products to use.
- Take off the grates and burner caps: If the stove is completely cool, lift off the burner grates and set them aside. The burner caps can also be lifted off the burner and set aside.
- Remove burner heads: Burner heads are round metal pieces that sit atop the stove’s venturi tubes. Lift the heads straight up to avoid damaging the tubes and set aside.
- Soak burner heads and caps: Loosen dirt and debris by soaking burner caps and heads in warm, soapy water for 20-30 minutes.
- Scrub burner heads and caps: With a non-abrasive pad and toothbrush, scrub the burner caps and heads to remove stains. If the burner ports are clogged, use a straightened paperclip to carefully remove any debris. Stubborn stains can be removed by scrubbing components with a paste of 1 part baking soda and 1 part water.
- Rinse burner heads and caps: Rinse all parts thoroughly under running water and shake to remove excess moisture.
- Allow parts to air dry completely: While you can dry the burner heads and caps with a cloth, leave time to let them air dry completely. A Frigidaire range burner won’t light if excess moisture remains in the burner components.
- Clean burner grates: While the heads and caps are air drying, clean the burner grates by soaking in warm soapy water and scrubbing with the same methods. The grates can be dried with a clean cloth.
- Reassemble the burners: Replace the burner heads, caps and grates when they’re completely dry.
Replace the Broken Igniter
How to fix a gas stove burner that won’t light even after these troubleshooting tips? When these interventions fail to fix the problem it’s possible that the stove igniter is broken. The igniter, or spark electrode, is what sparks to light the gas in the burner assembly.
If the igniter is worn out it may produce a spark that’s too weak to light the burner or no spark at all. Consequently, you may hear the gas stove clicking, but not lighting, when you try to turn on the burner. A broken igniter can’t be repaired and requires replacement. Unless you are an experienced DIYer, we recommend that only a professional technician tackle this task.
Don’t labor in vain over a range burner not igniting. Call A-Tech Appliance to help with any Frigidaire range repair.