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Try This if Your Viking Gas Range Burners Won’t Light



Purchasing a Viking range means investing in one of the best high end ranges available. So when your Viking gas range burners won’t light on demand, it can certainly be disappointing. So how to resolve the issue ASAP? Troubleshooting typically involves checking the power source and igniter, as well as cleaning the burners themselves.

Viking Gas Range Burners Won’t Light? Here’s What to Do…

We’ll discuss how to properly check the power sources and igniter when your Viking gas range burners won’t light. We’ll also provide a step-by-step guide illustrating how to clean Viking range burners with the right methods and materials.

Check for Power and Loose Connections

Are your Viking stove burners not igniting on demand? This may be more of a power issue and not a range malfunction. Even though you have a gas range, electricity is still required to ignite the burner. Here’s how to check your stove’s electrical sources to make sure they’re functioning properly:

  • Make sure the stove is correctly plugged into a functioning outlet.
  • Check the stove’s circuit breaker or fuse in your home’s circuit breaker or fuse box. Reposition a tripped breaker or replace a blown fuse.
  • Refrain from using an extension cord to power your range. Most cords can’t safely transmit the electricity required to power the stove.

How to Clean Viking Range Burners

Despite our best efforts, cooking spills and accidents can leave range burners compromised. Liquids, grease, and grime that go unnoticed during a hasty post-dinner cleaning can impair range components, resulting in burners that won’t light. 

This step-by-step guide provides Viking range cleaning tips that clean your burners and other stove components safely and effectively:


Remove the grates and soak them in a sink of hot, soapy water for 15-20 minutes. For stubborn stains, add ammonia to the soaking liquid or scrub with Soft Scrub cleanser. Rinse with hot, soapy water and dry completely before replacing.

Burner Caps:

  1. Remove the caps by lifting straight upward.
  2. Scrub with hot, soapy water and a non-abrasive pad, using Soft Scrub cleanser for tougher stains.
  3. For persistent staining, place burner caps outside on a sheet of newspaper. Spray with Easy-Off Fume Free Max oven cleaner and allow to sit for 1-2 hours.
  4. Rinse with hot, soapy water.
  5. Allow caps to dry completely before replacing.

Burner Heads:

  1. Remove burner heads by lifting gently upward.
  2. Combine Bar Keeper’s Friend and water to make a paste. 
  3. Apply the paste to the burner head and leave for 30 minutes, resting on a clean towel.
  4. Scrub the paste into the burner head with a non-abrasive pad to remove stains.
  5. Rinse with hot, soapy water.
  6. Allow to dry completely.

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Burner Bases:

  1. Wipe down each base with hot, soapy water and a clean cloth.
  2. For crusted-on stains, soak each base with a hot towel to soften the stain.
  3. Gently scrape away the stain with a wooden nylon spatula.
  4. Refrain from using metal tools that can harm the base.


After cleaning the burner base and while the other components are drying, check the igniters for clogs or accumulated debris. Use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to gently clean any debris or blockages from the igniter. Blot with a paper towel and allow to air dry.

Problem With Gas Igniter

If your Viking gas range burners won’t light after a thorough cleaning it’s possible one of the burner igniters is malfunctioning. The igniter is responsible for providing the electrical spark that lights the gas.

To test the igniter, turn off the lights and attempt to turn on the burner. If the gas stove igniter won’t spark at all or the spark is too weak, the igniter requires replacement.

Unless you’re a DIY expert, we suggest a professional service for this more complex repair.

Solar Appliance Service is the premier gas range repair service in the greater New Orleans area. Call us if your Viking gas range burners won’t light or for any cooking appliance concern.

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