I am attempting to replace the igniter but the problem I have is that the two screws that mount the igniter will not unscrew. I can turn them with my socket wrench but they never come out. It doesn't matter how long I turn them. I have tried pulling the screws out with wire pliers but that doesn't work either. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
ANSWER Hello Shane,
The only method I have found to be effective is to try to get a flat-bladed screwdriver between the burner and the metal part of the ignitor mount. Apply twisting pressure while turning the screws. This will either get them to thread out or twist off the head. If it comes out, GREAT!. If the heads twist off, you will have to use something like a small pair of needle nosed vise grips to try to get the screw to go back in the direction it started in, (thread it back in). This will allow the screw shaft to drop out when the stripped part of the threads gets far enough back. As a note, only one will have to be completely removed. The other, if both broke, can be used as a guide stud and as long as the second screw is replaced with a self tapping screw with a hex head, the ignitor will not go any where.
As another note, if you put a dab of grease on the threads of the new screw before installing it, this will sometimes make the screw come out easier should it have to be removed. Be aware that the extreme heat that these screws are exposed to are the initial cause of the screws seizing.
In the worst case scenario, the burner may have to be replaced to be able to mount the ignitor. If this is the case, be sure to adjust the air shutter the same as the old one before installing it to simplify the installation for you.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Tuesday, October 02, 2012