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Whirlpool cooktop burner not working

Common reasons your Whirlpool cooktop burner is not working

The most common reasons your Whirlpool cooktop burner is not working are a cracked igniter switch, broken igniter or a cracked main top.

  • 35%

    35% of the time it's the
    Igniter Switch

  • 17%

    17% of the time it's the

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Main Top

  • 35%

    35% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Whirlpool cooktop

    Igniter Switch Replacement

    A faulty infinite switch is a common cause for a cooktop burner not working. The infinite switch controls current going to the element. When an internal electrical contact in the infinite switch breaks, no current will go the burner when you turn the burner on. It’s difficult to tell whether an infinite switch is faulty. Have a Sears Home Services Expert examine your cooktop and replace the infinite switch if it’s defective. The technician will also check for damage to wiring or the element that could be caused by a faulty infinite switch when making the repair.

    Igniter Replacement

    A broken igniter will prevent a burner from lighting on the cooktop. When you turn a burner knob to the Light position, the spark module sends current through the igniter electrode to create a spark and light the burner. A broken igniter won’t create a spark between the tip of its electrode and the burner head to ignite the gas. Accessing the igniter is difficult in many gas cooktops. Have a Sears Home Services professional replace the broken igniter so the burner works properly.

    Main Top Replacement

    A cracked main top will allow spills to reach the burner wiring connections and element. This can cause the element to short out and stop working. The house circuit breaker for the cooktop may trip when a short occurs. A short in a burner can also damage a burner switch to prevent the surface element from heating even after you replace the element. Have a Sears Home Services Technician examine the entire cooktop to check for additional problems when replacing the main top.

    What to expect when you experience a Whirlpool cooktop burner not working issue

    How is the burner not working problem fixed?

    Correcting most burner not working problems usually involves replacing the igniter switch, igniter or main top. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for a cooktop burner that is not working

    When the cooktop burner is not working it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of cooktop failures.

    What to look out for with a cooktop burner not working diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your cooktop problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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