Gas Surface Burner Ignition Operation

Topics:

  • Is there a safety feature that will turn off a gas burner if boil-over, spill occurs?
  • When does the surface burner reignite, why does a gas burner try to reignite?
  • What would cause the burner not to reignite?
  • When is service needed for burner reignition issues?
  • How long does it take, how many seconds should it take, for a gas surface burner to ignite?
  • Should the surface burner light with a certain amount of time?

Answer:

Gas surface burners ignite in approximately three to four seconds.

  • Liquid Propane (LP) models may take slightly longer to ignite the first time of the day.
  • As long as the valve is open to the burner on a gas product, gas is delivered.
  • If burners are not igniting properly, refer to Gas Surface Burner Flame Quality Issues.
  • Ignitors can be cleaned gently with a soft bristle toothbrush if noticeably dirty.
  • If ignitors are cracked, broken, or loose, contact Factory Certified Service for repairs.
  • See also, Gas Surface Burner Not Igniting

Once a gas burner ignites on a Wolf product, a resistance is created between the electrode (ignitor) and the burner.

  • Any change to this electrical resistance, increase or decrease, causes the electrode to attempt a reignition; this is normal operation.
  • Ignitor clicking with a non-operational burner may indicate a decrease in electrical resistance.
  • Ignitor clicking with an operational burner may indicate an increase in electrical resistance.
  • The ignitor is electric. It will not spark with no power supplied to the unit. If the ignitor continues to spark after turning the circuit breaker off, the unit is on a different circuit.
  • Common issues that cause an ignitor to click after ignition include:
    • Increased or decreased gas pressure
    • Increased or decreased airflow over burner
    • Wet electrode or burner
    • Burner assembly out of alignment
  • If a burner is constantly clicking, refer to Gas Surface Burner Flame Quality Issues for additional 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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