Gas Surface Burner Clicking


  • Spillover
  • Burner placement or assembly
  • Pot or pan size
  • Spark module, switch, electrode, or ignitor
  • 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


  • Constant or intermittent sparking or clicking gas surface burner
  • Gas burner does not click
  • Surface burner clicking when charbroiler is in use
  • Surface burner clicks after ignition or after burner 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, use these steps to try and resolve the issue. The same steps apply if some burners work while others do not. Use the same steps regardless if clicking occurs when burner is on high or on low simmer.

  1. If the unit was recently cleaned or a spillover occurred and the ignitor is wet, let the unit dry. Use a hairdryer on a low setting to speed the process.
  2. Verify power is supplied to the product. If burners are sparking but not lighting, the product has power.
  3. If the burner was not used in a while, increased clicking can occur. It may take time to clear the lines of air and deliver gas to the burner for ignition. Turn the burner on and then off if not lit after 10 seconds. Wait one minute and try to turn it on again.
  4. Large pans can starve the burner for oxygen causing the flame to lift. Turn the burner to a low setting. If sparking stops, the pot or pan may be too large.
  5. If the burner clicks when the charbroiler is in use, turn on the ventilation hood. Wolf suggests turning on the hood 5 minutes before the charbroiler.
  6. Make sure the burner control knob is not stuck in. Push in or down on the knob and then release. The knob should spring back into place and stop clicking.
  7. Clean and dry the burners using the Wolf Cleaning Reference Guide and How to Clean Surface Burner Caps and Rings.
    • Gently clean the ignitor with a soft, dry toothbrush.
    • Clean food particles out of holes in the burner ring using a toothpick.
    • If debris is present, use a scouring pad between the ignitor and the burner to clean and make sure the spark can be made to the burner.
  8. Verify the burner rings or caps are positioned properly and sit flat.
  9. If the burner cap screws into burner head, make sure it is tightly fastened. Burners only light if these are in place.
  10. Turn the home circuit breaker to the unit off for 30 seconds then back on again. Return to the product and see if sparking continues.
  11. Check for proper wiring and Polarity of the outlet if the product is constantly sparking. If the product sparks when not in use, consult an electrician.
  12. If the burners continue to click or spark when not in use, no further troubleshooting is available, and service is necessary to expertly diagnose and repair the product. Contact Factory Certified Service to schedule an appointment for repair.

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If these troubleshooting steps do not resolve the issue, service is necessary to expertly diagnose and repair the product. Contact Factory Certified Service to schedule an appointment for repair.

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