I just purchased a GE Cafe Series Gas Range and 2 of the burners ignite properly, but the flames do not come out of the burners completely and evenly. There are usually 3 or 4 "ports" on the burners that intermittently do not have flame. The flame will come out of those ports for a few seconds, then disappear. I've checked that the burner is evenly seated against the stovetop and the burner top is on evenly. I'm concerned that this could be hazardous, due to unburned natural gas. (Currently our range does not have a vent hood). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm not sure where the flame sensor is on that one, but the problem is the flame sensor is dirty. Also called the flame rod, flame proving rod, flame proving sensor. Should be a small rod that the flame from the main burner touches. Clean it with some sandpaper or replace it
Every one of these ranges that I have seen with the oval style burner on them have a smaller flame then the normal round burners. And there is very little difference between the low and high settings. It sounds like what you are experiencing is normal. What the GE repairman was adjusting is called the "simmer stop". There is a small flat head screw inside the burner stem. By turning this screw you can adjust the size of the burner on the low position of the burner knob. This should be adjusted to where the burner still stays on when the knob is at the lowest setting. I do not think that you need the burner repaired. From my experience they are all like that.
Most problems with gas ranges have to do with the flame—either it isn't quite right or it's nonexistent. Many new gas ranges have "electronic ignition," a spark igniter that starts the flame as gas flows through the burnersf, when you turn on a burner, it fails to spark but you hear sparking at other burners, the igniter or the burner switch probably needs replacement by an appliance repairperson. If your range has a pilot light, be sure the pilot light is lit. have nice time..!! arte the solution!!
Hello and welcome, If your range has electronic igniters, then you seem to have one or more bad igniters on top of the range if you have a pilot range then you have a gas restriction or clogged orifice tube. Even if they make the click noise while trying to light they may not get hot enough to draw the gas on a constant speed!
This will need to be diagnosed hands on at your location. But this is the fault!
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Clogged burners are a very common problem with gas ranges because foods spilled on the burners block the gas ports and prevent ignition. On some gas ranges you can remove the top ring of the burner to expose the ports. Here's how to clean a burner: Step 1: Turn off the power supply, both gas and electric, to the range. Then remove the burner. Step 2: Soak the burner in a solution of mild household detergent and water. Clean it with a soft cloth. Step 3: Clear the gas ports with a pin or needle, rinse the burner, and let it dry. Caution: Do not use a toothpick or matchstick to clean the gas ports. If the tip of the wood gets stuck in the burner ports, it could cause a serious blockage. Step 4: When the burner is completely dry, replace it, and turn on the power and the gas supply.
Most problems with gas ranges have to do with the flame--either it isn't quite right or it's nonexistent.
Most new gas ranges have "electronic ignition," a spark igniter that starts the flame as gas flows through the burners. If, when you turn on a burner, it fails to spark but you hear sparking at other burners, the igniter or the burner switch probably needs replacement by an appliance repairperson.
If your range has a pilot light, be sure the pilot light is lit.