Most gas stove owners recognize the clicking sound of the ignition switch as the knob is turned to light the burner. Unfortunately, continued clicking and a burner that fails to light can be just as common, even among the best high end ranges. Wondering why does my gas stove keep clicking? Dirty burner components are a common cause. Here’s what to do to stop that tik tik sound from gas stove burners to ensure they light properly.

Common Gas Range Problems: Why Does My Gas Stove Keep Clicking?

While a dirty burner is often the cause, the question of, “Why does my gas stove keep clicking?” can have other answers. From excess moisture to defective components, we’ll list the most common reasons and the right solutions.

Need to Clean Gas Stove Burner

Food particles, grease, and spills can clog the igniter and burner ports, preventing gas from flowing or igniting. If your gas stove won’t stop clicking when off, it’s also possible that debris is interfering with the ignition system.

How to Fix It:

A thorough cleaning can remove blockages, ensuring that gas can flow and ignite. Here’s how to clean stove burners on a gas range:

  • Remove the stove grates and burner caps.
  • Use a toothbrush to loosen visible debris.
  • Wipe around the burner and igniter to remove food particles.
  • With a straightened paper clip or pin, dislodge any food particles in the burner ports.
  • Dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and gently swab the igniter to remove residue or debris.
  • Replace the burner caps and grates.

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Need to Realign Burner Cap

The burner cap is the flat piece that rests atop the burner to evenly distribute heat. It can easily become misaligned if banged with a heavy pot or if it’s replaced incorrectly after cleaning. If the stove burner keeps clicking even when it’s off, the cap may be resting on the igniter, resulting in repeated clicking sounds.

How to Fix It:

Wondering what to do if gas stove keeps clicking when off? Simply realign the burner cap with these simple steps:

  • Make sure the burner is completely cool.
  • Take off the stove grates to access the cap.
  • Remove the burner cap by lifting it straight up.
  • Re-center the cap on the base.
  • Replace the stove grates.
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Moisture Around Stove Igniters

If your stove keeps clicking after a recent cleaning or spill, there is probably residual moisture around the igniter and burner ports. Lingering dampness can prevent the igniter from sparking and lighting the gas.

How to Fix It:

While air drying will eventually dispel any moisture, these interventions can facilitate drying and more quickly restore burner function:

  • Remove the burner cap to enable it to air dry faster.
  • Wipe the cooktop with a dry cloth or paper towel, paying extra attention to the burner ports.
  • Gently dab the igniter with a clean, dry cloth to absorb any moisture.
  • Aim a fan or hair dryer (on a low heat setting) at the damp area.

Defective Burner Component

Wondering why does my gas stove keep clicking even after these interventions? A defective burner component could be the cause.

How to Fix It:

Defective burner parts should be addressed via a professional gas stove repair. The following components often result in repeated clicking when they fail:

  • Spark module: Provides electricity to the igniter to light the gas. When damaged, the spark module may continuously spark even when the knob is not being turned.
  • Spark ignition switch: Signals the spark module to power the igniter. Moisture or electrical failures can cause the switch to “short,” resulting in repeated clicking.
  • Igniter: Lights the gas in the burner via an electrical spark. A faulty igniter may not generate enough heat to spark and continue to click without lighting the burner.

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