Regularly cleaning your Viking stove is essential to keeping it working and performing at its best.
However, despite all of your good intentions, you can actually damage your appliance while cleaning it.
Below, we’ll take a look at the most common incidents that happen when cleaning or maintaining your stove.
While you’re not likely going to break any larger components of your stove, it’s not uncommon to occasionally knock a part loose, or to displace something that will prevent your stove from working properly.
For instance, a damage igniter or a misplaced burner cap are two of the most common problems you might run into. Or if you’re not careful, you might even break or misplace one of your stove’s control knobs while cleaning them.
If you’re dealing with a gas stove, it’s rather common to accidentally damage or misplace the igniter while you’re trying to clean your stove.
Each burner should have its own igniter, but when the igniter’s electrodes are misplaced, it can either prevent them from producing a spark as needed, or the spark simply won’t be in the right position to ignite the flame.
If you suspect this has happened, don’t worry!
You can usually move the igniter’s electrodes back into place by hand, which should get things working properly once again.
However, it’s also possible that you’ve caused damage or may have broken the igniter to a point of failure.
In this case, you’ll need to replace the entire component with a new one.
When gas flows to your burner elements, the burner cap is used to evenly disperse the fuel so that you’ll get a consistent flame.
However, when the burner cap has been knocked out of alignment or misplaced, it’s possible that it can also impede the flow of gas, which can prevent you from being able to ignite your stove’s burners.
In this case, the fix is super easy!
All you’ll need to do is to remove the burner grate to access the burner cap. And then, carefully reposition the burner cap so that it is seated properly.
Then, after replacing the grate, try turning your stove on to see if you’ve resolved the problem.
While these are the two most likely scenarios that you’ll run into from cleaning your stove, it’s also possible that you have an issue with your unit’s wiring, which can prevent the controls and valves from operating properly.
Especially if you’ve accidentally displaced one of your igniters, it’s possible that in doing so, you’ve also disconnected or damaged some of the wires that connect it to your stove’s controls.
Each one of your stove’s igniters will likely have two small wires running to it, which provide the igniter with the electricity needed to produce a spark.
Therefore, if either of these wires are damaged, loose, or disconnected completely, you’ll likely have trouble getting your stove to light.
On the other hand, you might sometimes run into issues after cleaning an electric stove, especially those with conventional, coil-style heating elements.
For those who aren’t familiar with conventional stove top elements, these are usually plugged into and powered by a small electrical receptacle located around the edge of the burner.
Therefore, it’s possible that during cleaning, you might accidentally knock one of your heating elements loose from its receptacle, which will prevent it from working properly.
Fortunately, if this is the case, all you’ll need to do is to properly reposition and connect the element to the receptacle. When properly connected, the heating element should sit level and flush with your stovetop, and it should also begin producing heat almost as soon as you turn it on.
In some cases, you might also accidentally get water in this receptacle, which can cause a short circuit. In this case, you’ll need to either reset your breaker, or replace any burnt fuses it may have caused.
Lastly, if you’re certain that your elements are properly plugged in, it’s also possible that you simply have a faulty element, which will need to be replaced.
Most electric elements have a lifespan of between 5 to 10 years, which means that faulty elements are particularly common with older appliances.