It wouldn’t be a great surprise for many Americans that General Electric appliances are well known for their durability, energy efficiency, and modern design. GE stoves, in turn, became a synonym to a reliable cooking appliance that will serve you for many years. There are three types of GE ranges – gas, electric and dual-fuel. Dual-fuel ranges normally feature a gas-powered cooktop and an electric-powered oven.
Keep in mind that if there is a gas leak in the air the first thing you should do is to call the gas company. Call us or another appliance repair service only in case the gas company determines the leak is coming from inside the appliance!
Due to their nature, gas ranges can be harder to repair, however, most of these appliances are rather reliable and they will serve you for many years. The most common problems are with burners and igniters. Sometimes you might experience a problem with a knob, or even the knob shaft. The knob replacement is normally a trivial matter, which we will not cover here, however changing the knob shaft can be more complicated and tricky.
The first thing you should do is examine the burner and the burner cap. Unfortunately, sometimes the spark igniter simply won’t work if it is covered in food residue or if some parts of the burner are displaced. It is always a good idea to carefully clean the burner first! Additionally, you will have to lift the rangetop in order to reach spark igniters. It is important to keep in mind that both the igniter and the spark module are parts of the same ignition system, and if your igniter does not work you may have a problem with either module. Carefully examine both modules for visible damage and burns. If possible, swap your igniter with a working one from another burner and see if it fixes the problem. Test the spark module and the igniter with the multimeter for continuity and make sure the wiring is not damaged.
As a rule of thumb, if only a single burner does not work you should start the diagnostic with detaching your burner and carefully examining it. Depending on the configuration of your stove you might have to lift the cooktop in order to access the burner, however, in the older stove models, you can often access the burner directly. Carefully unplug the burner from the socket and examine the socket – make sure there are no visible signs of damage. We would recommend swapping the burner with a working one, you can simply take off another burner from the same stove! Next, plug in the appliance and see if the new burner heats up properly. If the burner does not work perform a similar test to the burner socket, although most of the time you will have to lift up the cooktop in order to access it.
Most of the time the infinite switch is located right behind the knob of your appliance – this part regulates the power supply between your GE range and the burner. These parts are made to last, however from time to time they might start malfunctioning due to a short or wear inside your range. Do not forget to unplug your stove before disassembling it! Test your switch with a multimeter – you might have to remove it entirely in order to get proper access to it. We generally recommend that you test the switch only after you made sure the burner and the socket are good.