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Igniters do not spark on one side of cooktop

Igniter does not spark on one set of two stovetop burners.

Four burner gas cooktop, two each side. I have swapped the two burners on the right, with the two on the left and problem moved with the burners. Disassembling the two non-igniting burners revealed no obvious problems. The wires are intact, I cleaned the contacts. Ideas?

Actual Model number is JDS9860AAW

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  • jdmccoy Jul 11, 2008

    Sorry forget to say, gas flows freely, just no spark. I can light the defective two burners using a match.

  • jdmccoy Jul 11, 2008

    The ignitors are on each burner. Appears to be a simple setup, a wire runs to each burner and the spark ignites the gas when the control is turned to ignite. All four burners originally sparked when any burner was turned to ignite. Now only two burners have spark. The wires appear in good shape, the ceramic housing around the spark point appears okay. There is no resistance between the contact point of the ignitor wires and the spark point, measured using my home meter.

  • jdmccoy Jul 11, 2008

    I do not understand how the ignitor functions or how to measure the voltage. The ignitor protrudes under the burner. When the knob is turned to start the gas flowing and ignite the flame, the ignitor sparks. It does not appear the the surrounding burner is grounded as I cannot get a zero resisance reading through the paint or whatever material is covering the metal. How should I measure the voltage?

  • jdmccoy Jul 11, 2008

    There is voltage on the non-functioning side, however, not as much as on the side that ignites. I do not know how much as my home meter jumps around. After shutting off the gas, and trying to get the spark, there is sometimes a small spark. If I remove the functioning two burners, the remaining two still do not spark.

  • jdmccoy Jul 12, 2008

    It is the wires! Thanks for the help.

  • jdmccoy Jul 12, 2008

    Thanks for the expert advice!

    Where can I purchase the wires?


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Is the gas able to flow freely through and out of the bad burners? Sounds like they may be clogged somehow

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  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    Is the igniter mounted to the burners individually?

  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    It looks like you've been pretty thorough with this. When you attempt to spark, does the multi meter you have, detect any voltage coming through to the other end? (if possible without the gas on) lol

  • Mike Wright Jul 11, 2008

    All you would basically be looking for, is to see if the meter showed any signs of voltage hitting when the igniter should be sparking. As far as a ground... Is there an overhead vent/light setup installed? It should provide a good ground for you.

  • Mike Wright Jul 12, 2008

    I wonder if the integrity of the wires providing the spark is degraded... I'm sure what else to say. Are you able to swap the wires from the functioning burners? (just to see if it is indeed the wires)

  • Mike Wright Jul 12, 2008

    As far as getting replacement wires... You could try contacting the customer service for the maker of the grill. Or maybe bring the bad wires to a Home Depot or Lowe's. They should have them. Thanks!


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