Keep Your Stove Happy and Healthy -
Keep Your Stove Happy and Healthy

Stovetops are generally maintenance free and only require a little bit of cleaning after each use to stay fresh and glossy. However, every once and awhile you may need to show your range a little more attention.

Most range oven surfaces lift so that you can clean under the surface. If you have an electric range, remove the heating elements and the heat shields. Lift up the front and the surface should lock in place for your convenience. If you have a gas stove, remove the surface grills, heat shields, and then pull up and clean to your satisfaction.

Replacing Igniters
Stoves rarely fail, making them one of the most reliable appliances in your home. However, gas stove igniters will stop working from time to time. They aren’t difficult to replace, and a box of matches will light your burner until you or your technician services your appliance.

Unplug your stove before beginning this project. You may or may not need to remove your burner depending on your stove’s model. Once you have access to the igniter, remove it using a screwdriver and disconnect the wires. Installing the new igniter should be as simple. Connect the wires and secure the igniter in its place. Replace the burner, tuck away any loose wires, plug in your stove, and give it a test.

Igniter Control Module
If all of the burners on your gas range stop working, you likely have a faulty igniter control module. Test your range in a dark room with the surface cover raised. Try each burner for a few seconds. If you don’t see sparks in any of the igniters, your module needs replacing.

The igniter control module is usually in the rear of your stove behind a removable metal plate. Unplug the oven and remove the plate. Most likely, your module is a black box connected by many wires. Move each wire to the new module one at a time. Replace the plate, plug in your stove, and test your burners.

Know When to Call a Technician
If a repair seems too complicated or you don’t have time to put on your technician cap, then call a professional for an estimate. If the repair costs more than half of a new appliance, then forgo the repair and treat yourself to a new model.