I was making pancakes this morning and I think some oil from my portable griddle spilled over. Now neither of the two burners on the left side ignite automatically, although they click and I can ignite them using a match. The head on the front left burner has some brown gook burned into it which I have tried unsuccessfully to remover by scrubbing. I tried keeping the burners on for about an hour, hoping to burn away or dry the cause of the problem, but to no avail. Help!
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This can be tricky, but if you have the same range model that I have, it has a little central cap on each burner that acts as the flame spreader and the working top of the burner channels.
The igniter is off to the side and actually has it own little drilled-in hole just above the business end where you see the spark. Spills, especially big, greasy spills, can get into the hole and harden.
Than narrow little hole simply needs to be cleaned out. Find a small stiff wire and bend it in a long L shape. Work the long end into the hole from either end - wherever you can find the way in... those spills can be awful. **** it out really good so the little gas channel is free of blockage andyou should be good.
You don't have to take anything apart, just get down close and look. On my stove, the hole is in the center of a little raised bump in the burner casting when you look at the center of the burner with the little flame spreader/burner cap off.
This is taken verbatim from page 11 of my Frigidaire Gallery range:
"Seasoning, using and caring for the griddle Before first use:
-Wash griddle in hot soapy water. Rinse and dry completely.
-Apply a thin coat of vegetable oil to the entire surface (front and back of griddle).
-Preheat your oven to 350*F. Place the griddle on the upper rack in your oven.
-Bake griddle for 1 hour at 350*F, then turn oven OFF and let cool before removing.
-The surface may have a tacky feel to it from the seasoning process. If desired, wash the griddle in hot soapy water, rinse well, and dry completely.
Using the griddle:
Remove the center burner grate and carefully replace with the griddle (some models). Preheat the griddle for 5 minutes on medium to medium low setting. Slow preheat ensures even heat distribution during the cooking process.
DO NOT preheat the griddle on HI setting. Preheating on HI may warp the griddle and prevent even heat distribution.
After each use:
-To prevent rusting, store in a dry place and keep uncovered.
-After each use, clean with a stiff brush and hot water only.
-Do not clean griddle in the dishwasher.
-Dry immediately and apply a light coating of vegetable oil to griddle before storing.
I just got a new range and the instructions to season the griddle are in the instruction book. Wash an d dry the griddle. coat all surfaces ( top and bottom ) with a thin coat of cookin oil. place in oven at 350F for one hour. turn off afer an hour and let cool in the oven.
I assume the other burners are lighting and the spark ignitor is working - if so try cleaning in and around the burner. a spill could have caused this problem. this should be a sealed burner model - if so make sure the burner top cap is on and seated correctly and or not gunked up with a spill. also check to make sure
I am not sure if this is the exact part your looking for due to the model number listed in your post does not have one as a parts replacement. If you have a good model number I can probably find a source for the part.
Mine was located to the left of the top burners. Remove the grates covering the burners, remove the 'spill' pans, lift up the surface that held the spill pans and then on the LHS you should see a plate with your units details.
If it doesnt fit your specs. then i would suggest u find a thermador parts place and begin to buy the parts for the griddle as replacement parts. find a model of the stove set up that you want and make a list of all the parts that go to the griddle attachment.
My guess is that the reason for the flat "No" on the retrofit was that griddles require a thermostat similar to the one on the oven and broilers do not. So if their is no room behind the face plate where the knob would go then you can't put in a griddle. The other issue might be that the burners for the griddle wont line up with the brackets that are holding up all the broiler burners now. The griddle burner looks exactly like the one from the over only smaller so it has to line up strait where a regular front and back burner have to line up offset. maybe since you have the broiler already that should not be an issue? Then the problem is finding the griddle top it self that is going to be spendy. I think the link i gave at the top is your best bet. good luck.
Make certain the burner and burner base are very clean by carefully washing in warm soapy water, using a plastic brush to scrub any residue off the surfaces. Also clean the spark ignition nub in this same way.