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A spark that causes a snapping noise when a burner is turned on.

We thoroughly cleaned the burners, but when we put the cooktop back together, we hear a snap every time we turn on a burner. When the two burners on the right are turned on, there is one snap and it stops. But when we turn on any of the four left burners, an electric spark continually occurs on all four burners while any of the four are burning.

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