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hi there, when the grill is on, the spark for igniting the

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hi there, when the grill is on, the spark for igniting the rings clicks continually on our sg506xn gas oven, which is rather loud and annoying.. this has been going on for months and cleaning and wiggling of various parts hasn't helped. does that knob need to be replaced? thanks!
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Michael replied 3 years ago.
There are a few possibilities for this problem. The first one is that the little switch that is behind the burner knob either went bad or got water in it. To isolate the switch that is the problem you can pull one of the wires off of behind the burner knobs one at a time till it stops. That one is the one that is bad. If you have just washed down the stove top then you may have water in it that is making it continue to click. Let everything dry out over night and see if that fixes it. A hair dryer can be used to speed up the process.
If you pull a wire from each switch and it still goes on, then the spark module is bad. You will need to replace it.
Be aware that it is normal for all the burners to spark whenever another one is being lit.
Excessive dirt and grease can cause the burners to light hard but will not cause the spark module to keep on sparking all the time. If a burner lights hard, check the tip of the spark electrode to make sure it is clean.
If your spark module has burnt out to rapidly, or needs to be constantly replaced, you may not have a properly wired and grounded receptacle. Reversed polarity or not being grounded can cause the spark module to fail prematurely. Make sure that you do not use a two pronged outlet or extension cord for your range.
If all else fails you can always unplug the range to get the sparking to stop. You can light the burners with a charcoal grill lighter or a match if you do it carefully. Turn the burner to full on and then slowly go towards the burner keeping the flame as low to the top as possible till the burner lights.
I will stick with you until this is fixed and working as it should.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thanks michael,

sorry for the delay in getting back to you, i'm pretty busy.. do you think, if it's not just one, but 3 of the burners which are sparking constantly that we need a replacement module? there's a 20 second delay before the sparking noise starts - not sure if that helps to detect the problem.

if a new sparking module is required, is it expensive, and is it easy to self install or would we need a technician to do it? - we're pretty handy.

surely water won't be the problem as this has been going on for months. the oven is a few years old and wired in properly so i don't think it's that either.turning the switch off at the wall is a good tip.. except that the clock and timer are used a lot and would need to be reset every time - i know most cookers i've known won't let you use the timer if the clock is unset, so doing this every week is not ideal.

thanks for your detailed answer to date!

elizabeth