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Frigidaire Gas Range PLCS389ACA is Slow to Light Surface Burners


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#1 vineman

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:26 PM

Funny thing is the surface burners will eventually light and then burn fine. It does take some time (like 15 seconds or so) and the spark module is working fine. The customer says it never had that kind of delay in lighting before. There is also a slight smell of gas just before the burner will light.

All four burners behave the same way and all four burners burn fine once they have lit. Any thoughts on where to start on this problem? Thanks.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:30 PM

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 07:20 PM

No this is a natural gas cooktop.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 12:02 AM

Check that spark ignitors are clean and sparking were they should!!! Take off metal caps if your model has them and scratch a clean spot directly above were spark ignitor is and or take flame spreader off and make sure that the indentation were it sits over spark ignitor is clean and that the little hole were gas comes out isn't plugged!!! And if none of that works check offices in the center of burners for build up or debris

And if they had a spill over on range or a boil over allow time for the unit to dry out may be sparking under the top were all the burners sit

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 05:40 AM

Also, probe/clean the surface burner orifices. All the straight up orifices in all the sealed burner style ranges can start building up with gunk making the orifice smaller and hence have a hard time lighting correctly.

The burners once lit will look OK as far as the flame goes but it will be a smaller flame then it should be since the orifice has been made smaller from the buildup.
William Burk (Willie)
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