Why Does My Gas Stove Keep Sparking?

Why Does My Gas Stove Keep Sparking?A gas stove that continuously clicks or sparks, even after the burner is lit, is an annoying problem that might have an easy solution. Here’s how to trouble shoot.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.  

The spark electrode igniter on a Gas Range Stove top

The spark electrode igniter or surface burner igniter can be seen clearly on this gas range stove top after the burner grate, burner cap and burner head have been removed.

 

Clean the Spark Electrode Igniter

The spark electrode igniter (also called the surface burner igniter) sits next to the burner head on top of the stove top. This part is covered by the burner cap and might also be obstructed by the burner head. When the knob is turned and the burner is engaged, it emits a spark of electricity in order to ignite the air and gas mixture flowing from the burner head in order to create a flame.

Grease, water from overflowing pots, or even an extra wet sponge used in cleaning the stove top area can lead to the spark electrode igniter getting wet, which Continue reading

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Don’t Put Pumpkin Pulp Down the Garbage Disposer

A reminder for Halloween – never put seeds or pumpkin pulp in the sink drain, garbage disposer or the toilet. The pulp and seeds from the pumpkin can harden and clog the drain, sewer and even break the garbage disposer.

Instead, wrap up the inside material from the pumpkin in newspaper and dispose of it in the trash, or use it a garden compost pile.

Don't put pumpkin pulp down the drain it can ruin the garbage disposer

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds can be cleaned and baked as a treat! Here is a simple recipe.

  • Gather and separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp and rinse thoroughly to clean off any pulp. Place the wet seeds on a paper towel to dry.
  • Mix the seeds with some melted butter and salt and spread apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Preheat the oven for 350°F. Place the baking sheet with seeds into the preheated oven and roast from 15-20 minutes.

Get creative by using different seasonings on your seeds. Make sweet pumpkin seeds by adding cinnamon, sugar or honey, or go spicy and add paprika, cumin and cayenne.

Clothes Dryer Will Not Start

clothes-dryer-will-not-startNothing is more frustrating than having a load of laundry to dry and finding out the clothes dryer is dead and cold.  If your dryer will not start, here are a few parts to check to see if you can fix the problem yourself.  Luckily, many of these parts are easy to check and replace with a little know how.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.  

Dryer Push to Start switch Electrolux 131469000

Start Switch

The start switch completes the circuit when the start button is pushed. If the dryer does not start, check this switch for continuity and replace it if defective. Depending on your Continue reading

Dark Oven? Replace the Light Bulb, Here’s How

Dark Oven? How to Replace an Oven Light Bulb

If the light bulb inside the oven has burned out, replacing it can be very easy with the right part. Find the light bulb for your oven, using your oven’s model number on our website. Only perform this repair on a completely cold oven to avoid the risk of being burned.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.  

Open the oven door and look for the light bulb or the lens that covers the light bulb. Remove any Continue reading

Broken, Cracked or Missing Gas Stove Grate? How to Replace a Gas Range Stove Top Burner Grate

Broken, Cracked or Missing Gas Stove Grate? How to Replace a Gas Range Stove Top Burner GrateThe stove top burner grate provides a durable surface for cooking on the gas burner. When one of the grates is cracked, broken or missing, this can impact your ability to fully utilize your gas range.  Replacing a grate is as easy as lifting up the old grate and replacing it with your new O.E.M. grate from our parts website.

Be sure to only perform this replacement on a range or stove that is cold to avoid any risk of being burned.

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Helpful Appliance Tips: Dishwasher Settings to Try, How to Fix an Ice Maker That Makes Hollow Ice and more

Dishwasher Settings to TryHere are some helpful appliance-related tips we are seeing from around the web.

Dishwasher Settings to Try

Your dishwasher comes with other cycles other than normal and Real Simple goes over some situations in which you might want to use these alternative cycles.

Use the sanitize cycle to kill any germs on items, like when a family member is ill. This cycle gives a final 155 degree water rinse in order to kill germs.

Use the heavy wash to clean crusty, baked-on dishes and the top-rack cycle to clean lightly soiled items like glasses from a party. Read about more Dishwasher Settings to Try.

Ice Maker is Making Hollow Ice CurbesIce Maker is Making Hollow Ice Cubes

An ice maker that produces hollow ice cubes that shatter and melt quickly is an annoying problem. CNET.com offers some solutions in their Continue reading

Gas Range Does Not Ignite – Fixing a Gas Burner That Won’t Light

Gas Range Does Not Ignite – Fixing a Gas Burner That Won’t Light If the burner on a gas range is not lighting, it could be caused by a dirty burner or a defect in one of the following parts below.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.  

Clearing debris from a gas range burner's port holesClean the Burner

Try cleaning around the spark electrode to make sure that electricity can properly flow and ignite the gas from the burner. Make sure burner holes on the burner itself are not clogged. Use a metal pin to clean the ports of grease and debris from cooking and spills.

Allow the parts to dry completely before reassembling and trying to ignite the gas burners again.

Spark-Switch WB24X10143

Spark Ignition Switch

The spark ignition switch provides Continue reading

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