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All of a sudden all four of my stove top burners do not lite electronically. I do not hear the clicking made by the electronic ignition. the gas comes on and can lite with a match. What happened?

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Either your spark module is out or you have a short at a burner switch.Go first and check the spark module for voltage out to the burners. Please Rate This !

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