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General Electric stove top burner does not light

I have a general electric GE profile stove Spectra XL44 stove with 4 burner top that was new in 2001.. The right front burner does not ignite and apparently has no gas coming from the orifice when I attempt to turn on the gas. The spark sparks just fine. I have taken apart the top burner assembly ( metal cap and gas diffuser casting)-these just sit there unbolted, and found that both were clean. I have carefully sniffed above the orifice while the knob was 'on' and there is absolutely no gas coming out. Doing the same procedure on the back burner definitely smells like gas quickly. The hole in the orifice of the front burner does not seem dirty and i pushed a toothpick into it a short distance... I will try a paperclip later. I can see that the shaft attached to the knob is rotating (also the spark starts sparking when knob turned). This seems way too quick for a mechanical gas valve to go bad , and go bad completely... I seem to recall that this was working one day and not the next, but I'm not sure of that. It is not apparent how to disassemble the top of the stove to get to see the gas valve directly ( help would be appreciated there). Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this further? where can i get good prices on repair parts for this? thanks, paul

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  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2008

    I have the same range Spectra XL44 and all 4 burners went out, no gas for a minute, then all 4 go on at the same time. Oven is working, sparkers are working, but no gas coming thru line, I tried with a match to light stove..... any suggestions please? thanks

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    My problem is the top burners will not light. The gas is flowing but no ignither.What should I look at the oven is working fine

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    having trouble finding the extended lp spud for the front burner where this happended and unlear how much of that assembly I will have to replace



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Whalerpaul, To get access to the gas burner valves you have to: 1.UNPLUG THE POWER CORD 2. Remove all burners 3. There are 2 screws under each burner, remove all of them and lift up the top panel 4. Remove all knobs, remove screws holding the manifold panel (two on top and four on the bottom) 5. Carefully pull out the manifold panel and remove two wires from the oven light switch, put the manifold panel on side Part number for the right front gas burner valve is WB21K12 and you can buy it here:

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    Before attempting to access gas burner valves, remove burners and insert a pin into the gas release valve, you may find that this is where the blockage is and you may clear the problem in seconds. Laughingly this is not the hole beside the ring but on the parkinson range it is in the very center of the ring which looks like a bolt. In the center of the bolt is a tiny 'pin head' hole (this is where the gas comes from.

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Sorry for apparently not giving feedback earlier, but the gas valve on the one burner has been replaced, and that solved the problem. What apparently caused this is someone forcing the knob in the reverse direction that broke something in the shaft. It sort of worked for a little while, then would not work at all... no gas coming out = no ignition. I replaced the gas valve with the suggestions given above and all is well.

I you are having problem with your unit, check to see if gas is coming out at all from the will be able to smell it easily. Then find the pinhole on the side of the burner that is used to ignite the burner when the spark is sparking. clean this pinhole out with a toothpick or small wire...really make it clean as small obstructions can prevent it from working. Then clean off the small electrode with fine sand paper and use the toothpick to remove any food particles on the electrode and the insulator around it.

Now looking again at your comment - no ignitor-... if this means no spark, clean the electrodes ...if itstill doesnt work , one of the gurus can specify the component that generates the spark(s) and troubleshooting procedures for that.

To the person who had no gas, that sounds like a main gas valve problem (regulator?)... resend that question to the gurus as you seem to have something blocking the regular flow of gas for the whole unit.

good luck

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