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Converted Jenn-Air JGC8536ADB from NG to LP according to manufacturer's instructions. When installing R rear LP orifice spud, dropped the spud into the body. Opened the bottom access panel to retrieve spud. GENTLY swept bottom, retrived spud, installed, and closed access panel. Now spark ignitor stays on constantly. Unplugged AC, replugged AC. Still stays on. It worked fine before I dropped the access panel. Any ideas?

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  • Timothy Martin Mar 17, 2011

    Thanks for the advice. It all makes sense. However the unit is newly installed (although I stored it in a dry location about a year after I purchased it) and I don't think the spark module is bad (unless it was bad when I purchased it). No water has ever been near it that I know of. I'd like to do test of the switches you menmtioned on the valves but I cannot see them through the holes in the top panel and I can't determine how to remove the top panel. I'm still wondering if I messed something up when I opened the access panel on the bottom to retrieve the spud, even though I did it gently. I hoping you can tell me how to remove the top so I can see inside. What do you think?

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Hi,
: ignitors spark continuously regardless of
: whether any burners were on or not.
That symptom could be caused by moisture in one of the ignition switches that is mounted on the burner valves, a shorted ignitor wire or a defective spark module. The range would have to be examined to determine which was the cause.

It's quite possible. It may dry out on its own or be helped by using a hair dryer on it/them (after removing the knobs). In some cases the switch(es) may still need to be replaced if drying doesn't solve the problem or if they only work intermittently afterward due to residual moisture or contamination of the switch contacts.

You can also use the link below for more understanding


fixitnow.com/2004/09/appliance-repair-revelation_17.htm


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fixitnow.com/wp/2004/09/17/appliance-repair-revelation-troubleshooting-gas-stove-burner-ignition-problems/

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Hi


Check one of the switches on the gas valves is shorting due to moisture probably. Check the little switch that is behind the burner knob either went bad or got water in it. To isolate the switch that is the problem you can pull one of the wires off of behind the burner knobs one at a time till it stops. If you pull a wire from each switch and it still goes on, then the spark module is bad. You will need to replace it. However it is normal for all the burners to spark whenever another one is being lit. Also too much dirt and grease can cause the burners to light hard but will not cause the spark module to keep on sparking all the time. If a burner lights hard, check the tip of the spark electrode to make sure it is clean.

If your spark module has burnt out to rapidly, or needs to be constantly replaced, you may not have a properly wired and grounded receptacle. Reversed polarity or not being grounded can cause the spark module to fail prematurely. Make sure that you do not use a two pronged outlet or extension cord for your range.

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