What to Do If Your Range Won’t Stop Clicking

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Whether you’re a professional chef or an amateur in the kitchen, a gas range is an ideal tool when it comes to cooking. Their responsiveness and precision heat control are what makes them so useful, but if your range won’t stop clicking, you’ll need to figure out why in order to keep using it safely.

Luckily, we know exactly how to address a gas stove clicking non-stop, and will show you how to identify the source of the problem.

Why Your Range Won’t Stop Clicking

It can be extremely confusing, frustrating, and even scary to find that one or more of the burners on your range won’t stop clicking. The good news is that there are only a handful of potential causes, and we’ll show you how to address each one.

Readjust the Burner Cap

Sometimes a gas stove clicking issue can be caused by something as simple as the burner cap being out of alignment. Each burner has a circular cap beneath the grate that sits on top of the burner and spreads the flame evenly. The cap needs to rest snugly in order for the burner to ignite and function properly.

Wait until your range is cool to the touch and remove the grate over the problem burner. Re-align the cap and try to ignite the burner once again. This may solve the problem altogether.

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Clean Food Debris From Burner

The next-easiest task if the problem persists is to remove any food particles that could be causing a part to malfunction. Visibly inspect the igniter, burner head, and control knobs for any baked-on debris. If you find any, use an unfolded paperclip to scrape it away.

Be sure to use something metal like a paperclip or pin for cleaning. Using something wooden like a toothpick can be disastrous if a piece breaks off inside your burner.

Make Sure Burner is Dry

You may not think much of it when a little bit of grease spills or a pot boils over while you’re cooking. Everything seems to keep working just fine until one day, it doesn’t. That’s because moisture can build up and prevent the burner from igniting.

Dry out the problem burner by removing the cap and letting it air out. You can speed up the process too by setting your oven to 350°F for 30 minutes, and pointing a fan directly at the burner may help with the process as well.

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Inspect Spark Ignition Switch

If cleaning and drying your burners don’t do the trick, then a part failure must be why your range won’t stop clicking. The first thing to check will be the spark ignition switch for the burner in question. It’s what sends voltage to your range’s spark module, so when it fails, voltage will be sent to the spark module continuously which causes the clicking.

You’ll have to access the switch harness and locate the correct switch for the problem burner. Use a multimeter to test the switch for continuity, and if you find that one has shorted out, replace the part.

Defective Spark Module

The last potential source of the problem is your range’s spark module. This part is what sends power to each surface burner spark electrode. A defective spark module can cause burners to spark continuously, but it’s the least likely culprit.

Only replace the spark module once you’re certain that the burner is clean, dry, and has a working ignition switch. To be safe though, we recommend that you call the range repair experts at Action Appliance Repair to properly diagnose and repair the issue quickly. And for more information on gas ranges, be sure to check out our blog!

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