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Burners not igniting

I need to use a match to ignite the burners when I turn the knob - it will not ignite on its own. It sparks when the knob is turned but will not ignite without the help of a match. What could possibly be the problem? Thank you

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  • sammytrack Mar 05, 2009

    Thank you for trying to help but I decided to call someone to come look at it.

  • yardsails Mar 23, 2009

    We have similar problem with a Viking professional range. First, clicking all the time, next, no clicking. Tried unplugging for a few days, now nothing. Gas range.

  • Kenneth Turnbull
    Kenneth Turnbull May 11, 2010

    Are you trying to light on high?

    Is it sparking between the igniter and the brass burner head?

    when it does light and you put it on High how big are the flames?

    Is it Natural gas or LP?


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If you are getting a spark, but no gas ignition, I am guessing that the gas is not reaching the ignitor. Burners have many holes that allow that create the flame pattern. There are usually one or two holes right next to the ignitor. If the holes are clogged or mis-alligned, there will not be any ignition. On sealed burner ranges, lift out the burner cap, clean it, and make sure it is alligned properly. On open burner ranges, inspect the holes near the ingnitor and use a small wire to clean them. Sometimes you have to remove the burner to get a good cleaning.

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