A gas oven that does not light is experiencing one of three difficulties: no burner ignition, no gas to the burner or a combination of both. Simple observations narrows down the issue to a solvable problem.Continue Reading
An operational gas oven lights within a few seconds of the ignition being pressed. The ignition clicks as sparks are released at a rate of 3 to 5 sparks per second. When these sparks come into contact with the gas that is released into the burner, the burner lights up. A lack of ignition to the oven burners results in a clicking sound without the strong blue spark; there may be no spark or a pale white spark.
A homeowner can inspect the wiring for corrosion, breaks, pinching or cleaner build up. Correct any issues and try to light the burners again. If the clicking is slow or erratic, this means the outlet is not calibrated correctly. A professional needs to be consulted to fix the issue. If a steady blue spark is present when the igniter is initiated but the burner does not catch flame, the homeowner has to turn off the gas line to the appliance and refrain from using it until it is repaired by a professional.Learn more about Ovens & Ranges
If the flame from a gas stove burns blue, increase the supply of air by adjusting the shutter valve on the burner. When the stove is completely cool, expose the burner piping by lifting the top of the unit. Locate the burner's gas valve, and adjust the screw that controls the vent. With the burner on, adjust the shutter until the flame turns blue. Tighten the screw to hold the shutter in the new position.Full Answer >
A flame diffuser or heat diffuser is a piece of equipment used on gas stoves, as well as electric stoves, to evenly distribute the heat of a burner or heating element. The advantage of using a heat diffuser is that it prevents hot spots from forming and potentially ruining food.Full Answer >
The model number for Maytag gas ovens is usually located in either the front right side of the burner box or behind the storage drawer. For electric models, the number is located on a flip up tag behind the control panel or on the oven frame behind the oven door.Full Answer >
To troubleshoot a gas cooking stove that won't light, check that the stove is plugged in and getting power; the igniter, burner holes and connections are clean; and the gas is running smoothly. If the stove still doesn't work, an appliance technician may be needed.Full Answer >