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What to Do If Your Frigidaire Range Burner Won’t Light

You’ve prepped all your ingredients and got out your pots and pans. But when you try to turn on your stove’s burner to start dinner, your Frigidaire range burner won’t light. While those with gas stoves often fear any potential gas problem, there are usually simple reasons why a range burner not working.

3 Causes and Solutions When Your Frigidaire Range Burner Won’t Light

To help you troubleshoot when your Frigidaire stove burner will not light (and help get dinner on the table) the experts at Oak Valley Appliance have put together a list of 3 common causes. We’ll also provide step-by-step solutions so you can learn how to fix a gas stove burner that won’t light.

Check for Power and Loose Connections

Though you may have a gas range, it still needs electricity to spark the igniter. If the igniter isn’t receiving electricity or one of the igniter connections is loose, this may be why your Frigidaire range burner won’t light. Follow these steps to check power to your range and the igniter connections:

  1. Check the breaker switch to the range. If it’s flipped, restore it to the correct position and test the burner again.
  2. Make sure the range is properly plugged in to the wall outlet without the use of extension cords.
  3. To test the igniter connections, disconnect stove from power source.
  4. Remove the grate and burner cap from the affected burner.
  5. Remove the burner base and look for disconnected wires. Reconnect any that are loose and make sure all existing connections are tight.
  6. Replace the burner base, cap, and grate.
  7. Restore power to the stove and test the burner again.

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Clean the Defective Burner

When your gas stove clicking but not lighting, sometimes the problem is a dirty burner. Whether it’s greasy buildup or crumbs, anything blocking the igniter will result in a Frigidaire range burner won’t light. It’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual for specific cleaning instructions or recommendations. After doing so, follow these steps to clean your range burners:

What You’ll Need:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Scrubbing pad or sponge
  • Toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Paper clip

How to Clean your Burners:

  1. Remove the burner caps.
  2. Remove the burner heads by lifting straight up.
  3. Soak the burner heads and caps in warm soapy water for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Scrub the burner heads and caps with the scrubbing pad and toothbrush to loosen debris.
  5. Use the straightened paper clip to gently loosen debris in port openings.
  6. If necessary, make a paste of 1 part baking soda and 1 part water to scrub away stubborn stains on burner heads and caps.
  7. Rinse all parts in cool running water and air-dry.
  8. Once all parts are completely dry, reassemble and test the burner.

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Replacing a Broken Range Igniter

If you follow all of the above steps and you still have a range burner not igniting it’s possible that the igniter has failed. Igniters typically work by creating a spark when they receive an electrical current. This spark mixes with gas from the range burner to create a flame for cooking. Causes for a failed igniter can include:

  • Chronic dirt and buildup
  • Accumulated moisture
  • Banging a heavy pot on the ceramic burner head covering the igniter

After consulting your manual to determine what type of igniter you need, it’s possible to install a replacement part yourself. If this seems out of your area of expertise we recommend utilizing a professional service for this repair.

We hope this troubleshooting guide provides a plan of action for when your Frigidaire range burner won’t light. If your range burner is still not lighting and you need to arrange for a professional gas range repair, look no further than Oak Valley Appliance.

David lange

David Lange

In 1982 David went to work for his mom as a service technician and has been servicing appliances ever since. He is the owner of Oak Valley Appliance, an appliance repair company in Tehachapi, CA, with local techs also serving Lancaster, Ridgecrest, and surrounding areas.