Gas igniter won't light

jimbo

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I replaced the igniters on my 4 year old Whirlpool gas 4 burner cooktop.

3 of the igniters work fine. The 4th, the small one, will work fine if one of the other burners is lit. With no other burner lit, the igniter will not fire. These igniters are wired in series, with the faulty one either the first or last.

Any ideas?
 

muleman

worn out farmer
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Is the center cap in place and down? Some have a notch that needs to be over the igniter for the proper gap for it to arc.
 

pixie

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One of mine hasn't worked for years. Couldn't find a solution …

Might be misaligned ??
 

jimbo

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Is the center cap in place and down? Some have a notch that needs to be over the igniter for the proper gap for it to arc.

It's correctly in place. The wierd thing is that as long as another burner is lit, the igniter fires perfectly. It is only when I try to light this burner first that it will not fire.
 

mla2ofus

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What ever happened to the good old pilot light. Just how much gas did it burn in a yrs time and how much CO did it make in a yrs time?? I smell more big brother!!
Mike
 

MichaelK

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After lit, does it burn properly, or with a reduced flame? I had a large, 30K BTU burner that wouldn't light, and burnt with a smaller the previous flame. Cleaned the portals under the ceramic top but that didn't do anything.

Finally, I took a piece of wire and ran it through the gas orifice and dislodged buildup there. Now I have full gas flow and the burner lights instantly.
 

jimbo

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After lit, does it burn properly, or with a reduced flame? I had a large, 30K BTU burner that wouldn't light, and burnt with a smaller the previous flame. Cleaned the portals under the ceramic top but that didn't do anything.

Finally, I took a piece of wire and ran it through the gas orifice and dislodged buildup there. Now I have full gas flow and the burner lights instantly.

We did get the problem solved. The new igniter harness was defective. It would only allow current to flow when another was firing. I have no idea why.
 
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