Igniters Clicking After Burner Turned Off

Click, click, click..

If you have a gas stove or cooktop, you’re probably pretty familiar with this sound. You turn the knob to on, hear a few clicks, and the burner ignites. All is well. However, what do you do when you hear igniters clicking after the burner turned off?

There are a few different reasons why your igniters click after the burner is turned off. It could be caused by a faulty switch, burner caps that are askew, dirty igniters or moisture around the igniters.

How to Stop Igniters Clicking When Burner is Turned Off

Food Debris Causing Igniters to Click When Off

If your stove or cooktop igniters won’t stop clicking after the burner is turned off, it may just need a good cleaning. This is actually one of the most common causes of a continual clicking sound. If your cooking gets a bit messy sometimes, food debris can get lodged around the ignition system. This grime will throw the system off, causing the igniter clicking when it’s off.

This is a pretty simple fix. All you have to do is clean out the gunk.

  • Unplug the power source
  • Remove the burner cap
  • Use a toothbrush or other small scrubber to remove/dislodge food
    • Around burner
    • Under knobs
    • Around igniter
  • Use a Q-Tip dipped in alcohol to get rid of the last little bits of buildup
  • Replace burner cap & get to cookin’!

 

Moisture Causing Igniters to Click When Off

Another common cause of igniters clicking constantly is excess moisture in the area. When you’re cooking up a storm, pots boil over, sauces spill, stuff happens. This moisture can seep into the area where the igniter lives and cause it to click when the stove or cooktop is off. Moisture on the switches can also be the culprit.

Another cause of moisture is aggressive cleaning. If you just cleaned your cooktop, it’s possible that you let too much water or cleaning solution seep into the igniter system.

Allowing the parts to breathe and dry out should fix the problem.

  • Unplug the power source
  • Remove knobs and burner caps
  • Lift stove top
  • Use a paper towel to absorb moisture and let everything sit to air out for a few hours
  • Replace all parts and light it up!

 

Burner Cap Misaligned Causing Igniters to Click When Off

If you’re a fastidious cook, food debris and moisture may not be your issue if you hear the range igniters clicking in off position. The burner cap might be out of place, interfering with the igniter. You can remedy this pretty easily as well by realigning the burner cap.

  • Ensure the stove or cooktop is totally cool
  • Remove the burner grate
  • Remove the burner cap and replace it correctly

 

Faulty Parts Causing Igniters to Click When Off

If you clean out and dry out your knobs and igniter area, but still hear the tell-tale sign of igniters clicking after the burner turned off, it may be due to defective parts. If you’re handy, you can purchase the part and replace it yourself. The part in question may be on of these:

  • Spark Module
  • Spark Ignition Switch
  • Ignitor

If you’d rather not go messing around with stove or cooktop parts, call a certified range repair center, like Aviv Service Today, to fix the broken part for you.