How to Fix the Most Common Stove Problems
It doesn’t matter what kind of stove cooktop you own, from a stand-alone range to a built-in cooktop; if it doesn’t work, it can cause a panic. The kitchen stovetop is possibly one of the most important appliances you own as it’s where you prepare your favourite recipes. How can you make Saturday pancakes or a delicious pasta dish without a heating appliance?
The good news is that you can easily fix the most common stovetop problems. Read on to learn more.
Problem: The gas burner won’t light
If the flame doesn’t light on your gas cooktop, there could be a few things to check.
- Check your ignition switch. The ignition switch might need attention if it’s not making a clicking noise. Turn off the lights, and then turn on the igniter. You should see white sparks with a blue tinge. If the sparks are more of a reddish hue, it can indicate the switch needs replacement.
- Check you can smell gas coming out of the valves when you turn the knob. If you hear the click but can’t smell anything, the problem may lie with the gas flow.
Turn the appliance off and unplug it if you can. Start by removing and thoroughly cleaning the grate and burner cap. Remove any loose food debris and then reassemble. If the cooktop still doesn’t light, you may need to call a plumber.
Problem: Electric burner won’t heat up
If just one electric coil fails to heat, check the connection, and make sure the coil is plugged into the cooktop.
You could try swapping the broken ring with another one on your cooktop – if the new ring works fine in the same spot, it’s time for a replacement coil. If not, you may need to call an electrician for help.
Problem: Gas stove top keeps clicking.
It is usual for your gas stovetop to click when you switch it on, but it can become an issue if it continues after the burner is lit or prevents the burner from lighting. Ongoing clicking usually occurs when the burner is blocked. Ensure the burner cap isn’t out of place and that there’s no debris blocking the holes.
If the clicking continues, there may be excess moisture trapped in the cooktop even if there’s no blockage. Dry off the stovetop remove any visible moisture.
Which stove should I buy for my home?
Gas is typically known for its better performance overall in terms of the output and precision of heat. And most professional chefs prefer cooking with gas.
Gas cooktops achieve high heat much quicker than electric and turn off immediately, with the visual cue of flame size allowing you to gauge the temperature as you cook. You can also cook with gas during electricity blackouts; you might need to use a match to light the flame.
Gas cooktops also offer various design finishes, including glass, stainless steel, enamel, or cast iron. See our appliance guide for more information.
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