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My GE gas cooktop keeps making a clicking noise and one of the four burners doesn't ignite unless I light it with a match. What should I do?

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The burners use a sw on the gas shaft of each burner to make the igniton work. i belive one of the sw are shorted or housing broken . replace it . / tip when I replace one i do them all .. saves time later . falure caused by spills ect and normal ware .. mm

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