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I cleaned the gas top and the two left side burners do not ignite

I cleaned the Maytag 30" gas top with comet and the two left side burners do not ignite. I can see the burner making the ignition sound, and see some sparks, but the gas does not light. However, I can use a match and it lights up. The gas cook top is 1.5 years old. What is going on and how can I fix it? Do I need to call a repair man or can I fix it myself?

Amit in Orange County, CA

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Take the burners out, then take a needle and stick in the small hole where the gas comes thru.

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