No spark at one burner

ApplianceGeneral Electric Range

ModelJBG920xxxxx

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairMore than 2 hours

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Nutdriver
Screw drivers

Michael From Weatogue, CT

Jul 28, 2011

17 out of 25 people found this instruction helpful

Other writers have claimed that this is a "really easy" job. They apparently had one or more of: 1. Less used appliance. 2. Never spilled anything on the cooktop 3. Much better luck. In my case, the apparently faulty igniter absolutely would not pull out. I removed it by removing the burner retaining screws and prying under the burner casting. Having done that, I cleaned the igniter and tested it again. None of the igniters worked, and I could hear arcing under the cooktop, indicating one or more of the igniter HV wires had somehow grounded. After a fruitless search for instructions on raising the cooktop, I stumbled upon an envelope glued to the back of the range that told me to remove all four burners and igniters and to release the cooktop by inserting a thin screwdriver under the front edge about 3" from each end to release the spring clips. Several of the igniters were cemented in place with caramelized sugar and required some pretty vigorous prying to dislodge. If I had this to do again on a range that had been ridden hard, I wouldproactively order a full set of gaskets (they're fragile), the HV harness (even if it doesn't leak as mine did, the igniter connectors degrade from heat exposure), a set of electrode mounting clips (none of them were much use either), and enough igniters to replace any that don't work plus at least one. I pried out the recalcitrant igniters; in retrospect I should have crushed them because of the severe risk imposed by prying of breaking either a burner casting or the cooktop -- either of which are far more expensive than another igniter.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Burner Gasket

Part Number: PS227128

$3.76
In Stock

Burner Gasket

Part Number: PS227129

$6.24
In Stock

Spark Igniter

Part Number: PS231363

$17.09
In Stock

Burner Gasket

Part Number: PS232502

$4.21
In Stock

HARNESS HV

Part Number: PS1480999

$19.74
In Stock

Top Electrode Mounting Clip (Now subbed to CLIP ELECTRODE)

Part Number: PS3510420

$2.79
In Stock