When using the right front burner (the main one) at medium to medium high heat, the right rear and left front burners spark continuously. Alternately, when using the right rear burner, the two front burners spark continuously also. Does the spark module need to be replaced? Or is it something more serious? Thanks!
ANSWER Hello Tina,
The more serious situation would be no sparking. As it stands, it sounds like you have probably dropped a ground to the surface burners. Think of it like this: When you turn on the gas valve a switch is also activated which turns on the spark module. The spark module starts "clicking". This is where the manufacturer has built in a safety device. This safety device actually makes all of the surface burners "click" at the same time. This is in case an untrained individual services the unit and mis-wires the start switches. If all of the surface burner ignitors "click" at the same time, there is no accumulation of gas in the room that can lead to a small but deadly explosion. The surface burner ignitors have to sense the resistance of the flame so the spark module will stop "clicking". If the ground is lost to the main top, as a safety measure, the ignitors will continue to spark to prevent the gas accumulation in the room since they aren't seeing the flame resistance.
To correct the issue, the top of the unit will need to be disassembled and all metal to metal surfaces that screw together will need to be cleaned, (sandpaper does the job great). This will restore the ground connect to the top and stop the clicking. If the issue only occurred on one surface burner, you would need to access the start switch on the gas valve for the particular surface burner and test the surface burner and replace if necessary.
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Wednesday, November 28, 2012