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Ignition on gas hob fails sometimes on certains burners

The ignition will always spark on the 2 burners on the left, however for the 2 burners on the right, there will be a spark when the left burners are ignited but will not otherwise. Power must be getting to the spark system and they the parts must be ok too if they work sometimes. Could it be dirt clogging something or something else?
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Barry

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  • bazwaldo Sep 08, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion. I managed to solve this problem by removing the hub covers and pulling out the little ceramic sparkers. First I raised it a little and replaced the cover. And it sparked, so using a pliers I tugged the inner metal rod out a little further from the ceramic holder so that the tip of it would be closer to the cover. Put everything back in place and it worked. The gap must have been too much for the spark to travel for some reason.

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    Spark ignition on gas hob has failed completly. No spark at any of the 4 rings.

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Open the hob covers with a screw driver and check the wires that carry the spark are intact and haven't been chewed by a rodent ie (RAT/MOUSE) like my one had been :-)

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