What Does It Mean when The Stove Keeps Clicking

Updated on March 12, 2023

Why, oh why, does the stove keep clicking? When the spark electrode on your gas stove keeps clicking, it’s trying to light the gas even though you don’t need it to. It is fortunate that the most common cause of this problem, a dirty stove, is also the most simple to correct.

There could be an issue with the ignition switches or the spark module if the burner heads and igniters are dry and clean. This tutorial will show you how to fix these problems and get your gas stove running again.

What Does It Mean when The Stove Keeps Clicking

It could be caused by a faulty switch, slanted burner caps, clogged igniters, or even moisture in the vicinity of the faulty item. While moisture or food may be at blame in some cases, your stove may click for other reasons. There are a number of possible causes, including a misaligned cap or a broken element.

How to Stop the Clicking

The clicking should stop if the gas stove’s power is turned off, either by removing the plug or by turning it off in the electrical panel (breaker box).

Clean the Stove

When a gas stove keeps clicking, one of the most common and easy-to-fix reasons for this is that the burner heads are clogged with filth, grease, and corrosion.

The clicking can be fixed by cleaning the burner heads, the igniter, and the pilot hole. Make sure the gas stove is unplugged or turned off in the electrical panel before doing any cleaning work on it (breaker box).

Clean the Burner Heads, Caps, and Igniter

Depending on the model of your gas stove, you may be able to find cleaning instructions there. With a cotton swab, toothbrush, or scrub pad, the burner heads and the ignition may be cleaned on most models.

Cleaners using bleach or ammonia should be avoided, although rubbing alcohol, acetone, or a half baking soda/half water mixture can be used.

There should be no moisture in the pilot holes, and the igniters should be cleaned with great care. When cleaning igniters, take care not to use too much moisture, as they are delicate and require a dry environment to function correctly.

Clean the Pilot and Burner Holes

Debris that may be obstructing the gas flow should be removed from the pilot and burner openings, as well.

Some debris may require a wire brush to remove, thus a toothbrush could be used in the vicinity of the holes.

A needle or pin can be used to properly clean the openings of the holes. It’s best not to use something like a toothpick because it could shatter and spill bits of debris within.

How Do I Stop My Stove from Making Noise

Oven fans can be noisy because of simple problems such as loose blades or nuts. As a precautionary measure, it’s a good idea to tighten any loose screws or nuts to ensure that everything is secure. There are normally three pieces to an oven fan: the fan motor, blades, and a mounting nut.

How to Stop the Clicking

Ignition Switches

To start the flame, most modern gas stoves contain ignition switches that provide power for a module that generates a spark. Ignition switches can short and remain closed if moisture gets into the electrical connections due to condensation.

If the connections remain closed, the ignition switch will provide electricity to the spark module continually, causing the electrodes to continuously spark.

Liquids and excessive humidity increase the risk of shorting the switches. If liquid gets into the switch, you should turn off the gas stove and allow the switch to dry up before turning it back on.

To establish if the switch is permanently damaged, use a multimeter to conduct a series of tests on the switch.

Gas stove models vary in their ability to replace individual ignition switches or require the replacement of the entire system.

Are the Ignition Switches Aligned Correctly?

Typically, the ignition switches are positioned just behind the burner control knobs.

To ensure effective operation, the ignition switches must be securely secured and positioned on the stem. A simple check of the switches’ alignment could alleviate the problem of constant sparking. You’ll need to remove the stovetop from most models in order to view the switches.

Spark Module

Each surface burner’s spark electrode is powered by the spark module. If the burners are clean and dry, and the stove ignition switches are working properly, it is most probable that the spark module is defective and causing the constant sparking problem.

A faulty spark module should be replaced with a brand new one.

Why Do Stove Burners Click

A misaligned burner cap is one of the most common causes of a gas stove that continues to click long after it has been ignited. Remove the burner grate once the cooktop has cooled down so that you can access the cap underneath. To re-center the base, remove the cap and reinstall it. Let’s give it another go at igniting the burner.

Why Does My Stove Burner Make Noise

If your stove emits a buzz or hissing that is noticeably louder than usual, it is most likely due to an imbalance in the ratio of fuel to air. A louder-than-normal hissing sound indicates that either too much gas or too much air is circulating.

Symptoms like a yellow flame tip or a yellow flame may appear when your burner does ignite.

No matter how much gas or how much air there is, the solution is always the same. Your burner’s air shutter has to be adjusted.

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