Igniters not working
Jefree T. • Chicago, IL • April 13, 2015
Appliance: Whirlpool Gas Range SF315PEGQ1
My Repair & Advice
The igniters on the two front burners had crack and no longer were creating a spark to ignite the gas.
Pretty much follow the video posted on the igniters on how to replace. I ran into an issue because of the screws on the burners.
As the screws were rusted, stripped, and caked on, the end turned out to be prying the burners off the surface. I tried penetrating oil, this cleaned up the screws a bit...I tried a dremmel with a metal cutting bit to turn the striped screws into flat heads, no give. Tried applying heat and then unscrewing, broke half the head off...then I resorted to the drill. Drilling is probably the ideal option as the screws don't go into anything other than a thin layer on the surface. Once drilled, I used a flat head to "free" the burners from the surface. Turned out I drill next to the screw and not the screw it self so the burners were essentially pried off the surface. That works fine too if you don't mind bending the surface back. I used the dremmel to cut off the bottoms of the existing screws and used the new drilled holes to re-secure the burners once I changed the igniters.
Once all of the burners are removed, popped the surface open (took a slight pry to get it open) used an object to prop it open and then unplugged the broken igniters and replaced one at a time. Open the back panel to gain access to the port. After this it's pretty much putting everything back together.
Replacement igniters fixed the issue.
If the screws came off easier, or if I used a good metal bit and just drilled out the screws, it would have likely only taken 30-60 mins to complete the repair.
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