Question about Viking 31 in. VGSU101 Gas Cooktop
I can't get inside this thing to work on it! Is it welded together? Needs either new ignitor switches or module or ignitors, but I can't even get it apart to troubleshoot it. I'm pretty mechanically inclined, do most of my own work, but this is throwing me. Did I miss something easy?
Well, it happened again. I'd replaced the spark module last time around, due to spillage getting into/onto that control unit. This time around, I had one burner that just kept sparking after it was lit. Cleaning the sparking post (emitter) didn't solve the problem, but I realized that there might be contamination elsewhere in the connect. I pulled the brass rings (nuts, really) and was able to lift the the top off. I carefully removed the individual sparking wires from each burner, and examined each assembly. After cleaning some debris off the male connector for that bad burner's spark assy, and reassembling the cooktop, it worked!
Things learned: The top can lift off without having to worry about dropping the entire unit. (This probably varies by model). The emitters _and_their_connectors_ are sensitive to contaminants. This was an EASY fix! Thanks for the helpful instructions everyone!
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
Here's the deal. Your spark module has gone out, for whatever reason. Gateway appliance has a great parts division, call them at 253-872-7838 and ask for parts. Order the spark module at least (about $45). If your's is like mine was, under the burner bases are orange o-rings. Mine were baked hard. Order all four new o-rings too. When it gets in, follow the above instructions for dissasembly. Inside, under a metal shield, covered by some insulation, is the spark module. The new module is slightly different, but has all the same connections. Go slow, and pay attention, but no big deal. Oh, BTW, you can pull the top without completely dismounting the cooktop from the counter top.
Posted on Dec 16, 2007
On top of each burner there is a thing you turn to the left to release each burner then the lid lifts off
Posted on Nov 12, 2007
Had the same problem some time back - turns out it was from accumulated food debris/buildup in and around the piezoelectric starters resulting in a change in resistance - which signaled the igniter to fire continuously. Try cleaning thoroughly top and bottom and make sure they are dry (I used oven cleaner, let it sit then cleaned w/toothbrush and toothpick.)
Posted on Nov 29, 2008
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