Dacor gas cooktop igniter keeps on sparking
Posted 28 July 2005 - 02:20 PM
[First, sorry for the cross post. I posted a reply under the Samruai's gas igniter article, but I notice that it doesn't get updated often, and when I later discovered the forums, this seems like a better place to have the discussion]
So, the igniters have always been a little flakey (they spark but don't always ignite), but never a real problem until today.
After the housecleaner left, I noticed two of the igniters wouldn't stop sparking until I disconnected the power. When I restored the power, they were OK until I tried turning one of the burners on, when the problem recurred (they just kept on sparking).
It's a Dacor 4 burner unit, model # SGM3645.
Grateful for any advice. By the way, I can't find anything that looks like the "typical spark module" from the article (http://fixitnow.com/...velation_17.htm), so among other things, I guess I need an answer to that dumb question (i.e., ummmm.... where the heck IS my spark module anyway?)
Posted 28 July 2005 - 02:31 PM
Posted 28 July 2005 - 03:06 PM
Being the impatient type, while I was waiting for you guys to respond (by the way, you guys are FAST!), I had the cooktop lifted out of the countertop to look for the model # and the spark module. I figured what the heck, I'll go clean the thing with some alcohol. It was a lot gunkier than I thought, and I guess removing the gunk and using the alcohol dried things out. Anyway, it works OK now.
BUT... one good thing about this is I learned something about my problem with the bad ignition on two of the burners. Turns out, no matter which burner I switch on, the SAME TWO igniters keep sparking. So two of the burners don't ever get a spark, and the other two get a spark every time.
Got any advice on what might be the cause of that? Turns out that's been a problem for a long time, so I wouldn't be surprised to hear that there's some wiring problem or possible short circuit I need to track down. Anyway, hope my explanation makes sense and you have a suggestion.
Posted 29 July 2005 - 06:51 AM
Two get spark ALWAYS, regardless of which burner is turned on.
Two NEVER get spark.
Posted 29 July 2005 - 07:45 AM
Posted 29 July 2005 - 01:05 PM
Posted 30 July 2005 - 09:20 AM
Posted 28 September 2005 - 07:53 PM
However, now one out of four of my burners has an igniter which has stopped sparking, and the other three still work. I just bought two igniters from RepairClinic.com (and also a new female connector for a third electric combo grill, griddle, etc.). I have not idea how to replace the igniter, but do you think it is most likely the spark module after all?
Posted 30 September 2005 - 06:04 AM
I notice there are no screws on top of the cooktop, so it has to be detached from below and lifted up through the slab I think? With gas and electric hookups, it looks intimidating...
However, I don't even know if I can replace the female electric connector on the third bay without opening things up.
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