We have a GE glass cooktop with 4 natural gas burners in our
home. The cooktop has an electric spark igniter. Over the
past year, we have noticed that the burners are taking
longer and longer for gas to reach them and be ignited by
the spark. Turning on several burners initially helps some.
There has never been the odor of gas, by the way, just a
progressive delay in the gas reaching the igniter.
What is the problem and how can it be solved?
Sorry, can't solve your problem as I don't know anything about these stoves.
Maybe I can help a little.
I had a problem with a GE Stove where it would only light in only one point
when I turned the knob. Normally, it would light throughout a range of
about an inch when I turned the knob to the right. I replaced the part the
goes in back of the knob.... see part #716 in the web site below. It solved
the problem in one of the burners, but not another.
Remember to unplug the stove before starting work. I got zapped forgetting
that there's electricity running through some parts.
Get in a position where you can see the spark when it is trying to
light. On one of our burners, the electrode was
mounted about 1/8 of an inch to low causing the spark to jump sideways
instead of up which made that burner take
forever to light, which caused a big flame flare that my wife really
If your electrodes have slipped down somehow or aren't sparking where
the gas flows, that might be part of
If you aren't getting enough gas out to have any odor before it lights,
that kind of sounds like a gas supply problem.
Call your gas company, a lot of times they will come out and look at
gas connected appliances for no charge as a safety service. Just
mention the stove is taking forever to light and you think it might be
low gas supply pressure.