Gas Surface Burner Clicking


  • Spill over, burner placement or assembly, pot or pan size
  • Spark module, switch, electrode or igniter, gas supply insufficient or poor quality
  • Improper wiring or reversed polarity of outlet if constant sparking (link may take a moment to load)
  • Oven usage

Core Issue:

  • Constant or intermittent sparking or clicking on gas surface burner
  • Gas burner does not click
  • Surface burner clicking when charbroiler is in use
  • Surface burner continues to click after ignition
  • Surface burner continues to click after the burner has been turned off
  • Burner clicks when not in use
  • Gas burner will not shut off

Steps to Verify Issue:

If a Wolf gas burner has clicking issues:

  1. Ensure the burners are clean and dry using the Wolf Cleaning Reference Guide and How to Clean Surface Burner Caps and Rings.
    • Igniter can be gently cleaned with a soft, dry toothbrush if needed.
    • Clean food particles out of holes in the burner ring using a toothpick.
  2. Verify the burner ring(s) or cap(s) are positioned properly. If the burner cap screws into burner head, ensure it is tightly fastened; burners will not light without these in place.
  3. If the unit was recently cleaned or a spillover occurred and the igniter is wet, let the unit dry and use a hairdryer as needed to speed up the process.
  4. Verify power is supplied to the product.
  5. If the burner or unit was not used in a while, more clicking may occur. Turn the burner off after 10 seconds if not lit, wait one minute and try again.
    • It may take time to clear the lines of air and deliver gas to the burner for ignition.
  6. Verify the pan is not too large, starving burner for air. Large pots/pans can starve the burner for oxygen, causing the flame to lift, searching for oxygen
  7. Try turning burner to a lower setting and if sparking stops then pot/pan may be too large.
  8. If the burner clicks when the charbroiler is in use, turn on the ventilation hood. Wolf suggests to turn the hood on before the charbroiler.
  9. Ensure burner control knob is not stuck; push in or down on the knob and then release, the knob should spring back into place.
  10. Turn the home circuit breaker to the unit off for 30 seconds then back on again. Retest operation.
  11. Check for proper wiring and polarity of outlet if constant sparking.
    • If sparking when the unit is not in use, an electrician may be needed.
  12. Same troubleshooting steps apply if some burners work while others do not.
  13. See also:

Refer to the product installation guide for further information.


If these steps do not resolve the issue, no further troubleshooting advice is available. Contact Factory Certified Service to schedule an appointment for repair.

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