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Ignitors are igniting on their own

I have a GE Profile gas cooktop. The gas ignitors are constantly igniting on their own.

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    Profile JGP962 Gas Cooktop ignitor problem. Ignitors constantly fire when ALL KNOBS ARE OFF. Started when water splashed onto control knob. Can't stop ignitors w/o sitting off electrical breaker

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They are not lighting they are sparking on there own right? No actual flame? if they are sparking on there own you need a new spark module.

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It's also strange that only 2 are igniting, usually one module runs all the ignitors. When you turn one of the non-problem burners on, does it click when it supposed to and stop when it's supposed to?

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The most common cause for this issue is from liquid getting into the ignition system for the range. If someone has spilled water or other liquids into the burner knobs or the ignition system it will cause an electrical short in the system causing the igniters to come on constantly when the knobs are off. The fix to this is to unplug the range and wait 24 hours for the liquids to dry up. You can speed up this process with a hair dryer pointed at the burner stems(knobs removed). Once the liquids have dried up the problem should stop. I would not leave it plugged in until then because the ignition system could be damaged from the constant sparking.

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