Whether you’re using a built-in stove or cooking table, the cooking table is one of the most important appliances you have, and when it starts to give you a hard time, it’s hard not to panic. Without a stove, how do you make your mother’s famous chili? How to make pancakes in the morning or grilled cheese when you come home late???
The prospect of a broken stove is agonizing, but we’re here to tell you not to panic. Most common stove problems can be easily solved with a little TLC, leaving your stove and late-night snacks ready to go. Here are five common problems your stove may face and their most common solutions.
5 Common Gas Stove Problems and How to Fix Them
The problem: the gas burner does not turn on
The solution: the gas burner does not light up: If the flame does not light up on your gas cooktop, there may be some problems. First, take note of what happens when you try to turn on the burner. Normally, you should hear a click and feel the gas coming out of the valves. If you hear the click but feel nothing, the problem is probably related to the gas flow. If you smell the gas but don’t hear rattling, the problem could come from the ignition switch.
Turn off the appliance and unplug it if you can, then remove the grate and cap from the burner. Clean all food debris and reconnect wires that may have come loose. If this doesn’t solve the problem, you’ll probably need a new ignition or work on your gas connection. Call us and we’ll be happy to help you find spare parts and arrange any major repairs on your stove.
The problem: the gas burner heats up slowly
The solution: A slow-heating cooking table can become a major problem, no matter what type of cooking table you have. If you have a gas cooker table, this may be due to the fact that the burner openings are clogged with debris, leaving the flames small and weak. This problem can be solved fairly easily by completely cleaning the cooking table.
Turn off and disconnect your cooking table, then remove the grills and caps from the burners and soak them well in the sink with a little soap and hot water. Rub the surfaces with a hard brush. Also, wipe the surface of the cooking table with a damp sponge, and use a toothpick to remove food or other debris from gas taps. Baking soda and vinegar can also help you give your cleaning routine an extra boost.
The problem: the electric burner does not heat up
The solution: The electric burner does not heat up: If one of your electric burners does not heat properly, test all the others. If all your burners are having trouble heating, this is probably an electrical problem and you will need to hire a professional or replace your cooking table. If a single coil does not heat properly, check the connection and make sure the coil itself is plugged into the cooking table. Try replacing the broken coil with another one on your cooking table. If the new coil works perfectly in the same place where the broken coil has been plugged in, it’s time to replace it.
The problem: the induction element does not heat up.
The solution: If you use an induction cooking table and it does not heat up, make sure the pan you are using is compatible with induction. The induction works by directly heating the pan, rather than the burner below. So you’ll need special ferromagnetic pans for your cooking table to work properly. Here is a list of the types of pans and pans that work or not with your cooking table.
The problem: the gas stove keeps clicking.
The solution: It’s normal for you to hear rattling when you turn on your gas stove, but if they persist long after the burner is lit, or even if they keep the burner from turning on, it can be a real inconvenience. This problem usually occurs when something blocks the burner. Make sure the burner lid has not been moved and that no debris is blocking the holes. If you don’t have a waterproof burner cooking table, food can easily get stuck in gas grates and should be removed with a paperclip or other fine metal object (don’t use anything easily breakable or flammable, such as toothpicks or plastic forks). If the rattling continues, excess moisture could be trapped in the cooking table. Try wiping the cooking table or even directing a fan to the cooking surface to absorb some of the extra water or grease that might have spilled.
With these tips in hand, your stove will be up and running again in no time. If your cooktop needs a major repair – or if it’s time to upgrade your appliance – be sure to contact our store to make sure you get the best repair service, spare parts and new appliances.