Updated on March 12, 2023
Common Stove Top Problems and How to Fix Them
There is no doubt that the stovetop is one of the most critical equipment in your kitchen, and once it begins to malfunction, it’s impossible not to worry. You can’t prepare your mom’s delicious chilli without a stovetop. After a long day at the office, how can you make pancakes in the morning?
Even though the thought of a damaged cooktop is frightening, we’re here to reassure you that you shouldn’t freak out. The majority of common cooktop issues may be remedied with a little tender loving care, so you can go back to enjoying those late-night nibbles. Here are five typical issues with your cooktop and the most frequent fixes for each.
The Problem: The gas burner won’t light.
If the flame on your gas stove simply won’t start, there are a few things that might be wrong. To begin, observe what occurs when you attempt to ignite the burner. You should be able to hear a clicking noise and smell gas pouring out of the valves when the system is working properly. An issue with gas flow is most likely to blame if you hear a click but don’t smell anything. There may be a problem with the ignition switch if you can smell gas but not hear any clicking.
Make sure to turn the device off and unplug it if you can, then remove the burner cap and the grill. Reconnect any loose cables and remove any stray food particles. A new igniter or some repair on your gas connection may be required if that doesn’t fix the problem. Please give us a call if you need assistance finding new components for your cooktop or arranging for any significant repairs.
The Problem: Gas burner is heating slowly.
No matter what brand of cooktop you have, a slow-heating problem may be a significant headache. Due to blocked burners on gas cooktops, little and feeble flames may be the cause of this problem. This may be readily remedied by thoroughly cleaning your stove top.
To clean the grates and burner caps of your cooktop, unplug it from the rest of the kitchen, then soak them in soapy water. Use a hard brush to thoroughly clean the surfaces. Remove food and other debris from the gas valves on the stove by wiping them clean with a moist sponge. Adding baking soda and vinegar to your cleaning regimen might also give it an additional oomph.
The Problem: Electric burner won’t heat.
Your electric burners may not be heating correctly, so check them all. There is a good chance that your stove has an electrical fault, and you’ll either need to call in an expert or replace it entirely. To fix a problem with a single coil, check the connection and make sure that the coil itself is securely connected to your stove-top. If the new coil works perfectly fine in the same position where the damaged coil was plugged in, it’s time to get a new coil and replace the broken one.
The Problem: Induction element won’t heat.
Whether your induction cooktop isn’t heating up, check to see if the pan you’re using is compatible with the cooktop. Because the pan itself generates the heat, instead than the burner underneath it, an induction cooktop necessitates the use of ferromagnetic pans. Here’s a list of pots and pans that will and won’t function on your cooktop, according on the model.
The Problem: Gas stove top keeps clicking.
When you turn on your gas stove, you’re likely to hear a clicking sound, but if it persists after the burner has been lit or even stops the burner from lighting, it may be a genuine nuisance. When anything gets in the way of the burner, this kind of issue arises. Make sure the burner cap hasn’t been knocked out of position and that the openings aren’t blocked by any debris. A paperclip or other metal item may be used to remove food off the gas grates if you don’t have a sealed burner cooktop (don’t use anything that is easily breakable or combustible, such toothpicks and plastic forks). If the clicking persists, it’s possible that the cooktop has a buildup of moisture. Wipe off the cooktop with a towel or use a fan to remove any excess water or grease that has been spilt.