Whether you have a built-in cooktop or a range, the stovetop is a vitally important appliance in the kitchen. Without a properly functioning stovetop, you’re likely to struggle to make anything from grilled cheese to a gourmet feast. Fortunately, many stovetop issues can be easily resolved with a little care. So, here we’ll explore some of the most common stovetop issues you may face and how you can resolve them.
The Gas Burners Won’t Light
If the flame refuses to light on your gas burners, it could be due to a couple of issues. You’ll need to take note of what happens when you’re trying to light the burner to determine the underlying issue. When the burner is functioning correctly, there should be a clicking noise and a smell of gas coming from the valves. When you can hear the clicking, but there is no smell, it is likely to be an issue with your gas flow. While if you can smell gas, but there is no click, the problem may be your ignition switch.
Turn off the power supply to your cooktop, so you can safely remove the grate and burner cap. Clear any loose food debris and reconnect any wires you noticed have come loose. If this has not solved the problem, you’re going to need help from a professional home appliance repair specialist, as you may need a new igniter.
The Electric Burner Isn’t Heating
If you have an electric burner that isn’t heating properly, you need to start by testing all of the others. If the problem is not localized to one burner, it is likely to be related to an electrical problem, so you’ll need to call in a professional. If it is just one coil that isn’t heating properly, you’ll need to check the connections and ensure that the coil is firmly plugged into your cooktop. It is also worth swapping the coil that isn’t heating with another in the same position. If the other coil works in the same spot, the problem is the coil itself, and your appliance repair technician will need to replace it.
Slow Heating Gas Burner
When your cooktop is slow to heat, it can be a major problem, regardless of the heat source. When your cooktop is gas powered, it could be slow heating due to clogged burner openings. An accumulation of debris could leave small and weak flames due to constricted gas flow. Fortunately, this can be corrected with a really good clean.
You’ll need to turn off your cooktop and disconnect it, so you can remove the burner caps and grates. Soak these in hot water and soap to loosen any debris before scrubbing with a stiff brush. Wipe down your cooktop and if necessary use a toothpick to clear any debris or food particles from the gas valves. Allow all the pieces to fully dry, before re-assembling and testing.
Clicking Gas Stovetop
A clicking when you switch on your gas stovetop is normal, but if it continues after the burner has lit or the burner isn’t lighting, it is usually due to a blocked burner. Ensure that the burner cap has not been dislodged or there is nothing blocking the holes. If your cooktop doesn’t have sealed burners, food can become stuck in the grates and will need to be removed using a paperclip. Acid using a toothpick as it is not only flammable, but also easily breakable. Excessive clicking can also be caused by trapped moisture in the cooktop, so try drying the surface to soak up any extra water that could have spilled.
There is a myriad of issues that can compromise the functionality of your stovetop. For practical guidance and advice, you can rely on a professional home appliance technician to help you.
For help with any and all your appliance repair issues, be sure to speak to a professional appliance repair service.