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Old 10-05-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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No spark from stove burner pilot

I have an Amana three-burner stove that has always had one very fussy burner when it comes to lighting. It finally stopped lighting alltogether yesterday. The gas flow seems fine ó it just isn't creating a spark anymore when we turn the "light" knob. I'm not sure how to troubleshoot this.

The area around the burner is clean and dry, as is the little piece that sparks.

Is there anything in particular we should be looking at?
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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They're fiddly and in many ways it's easier to use a handheld lighter.

Check to be sure the burner cap is grounded.
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Old 10-05-2011, 02:44 PM   #3
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Yup, might just resort to a lighter as the quicker fix (and only when we need three burners). Luckily, it's not the front one.

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Check to be sure the burner cap is grounded.
How would one go about doing that?
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:16 PM   #4
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You would need an ohmmeter. When you turn the knob, a crystal generates a spark like the coil and spark plug in your car did years ago. It needs a complete circuit from the stove's frame through the igniter then to the spark electrode. The spark jumps the gap and finds its way back to ground through the burner. Check the gap and position of electrode as well as cleanliness of everything. You should see a good spark when turning knob. Gas doesn't need to be on.
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
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Ps. Don't get your finger near gap when turning knob. You won't like the feeling!!!
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Old 10-05-2011, 03:40 PM   #6
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If only one burner is problem, it's most likely mispositioned. Compare to other 2 that work and reposition electrode accordingly.
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If only one burner is problem, it's most likely mispositioned. Compare to other 2 that work and reposition electrode accordingly.
This is probably the right answer....you may just need to bend the electrode slightly with a pair of needle nose pliers (be careful not to break it).

Additionally, lift up the cover and make sure that the wire is connected to the electrode.
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....>snip<.... Additionally, lift up the cover and make sure that the wire is connected to the electrode.
Ditto that. We had a lighting problem once and one of the wires had come disconnected while traveling... Here's hoping it's somethat this simple...
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I realized I never got back to this. It was, indeed, a disconnected. wire under the cover.
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