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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2009, 02:13:50 PM »
I will double check that it is seated correctly, as this switch harness is new today. The trouble burner WILL spark, and it will light, but I can't hear any gas escaping when the ignitor is clicking. Once I have turned the knob far enough to hear gas, the ignitor has stopped sparking.

Thanks for the quick response!

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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2009, 04:37:05 PM »
To verify gas flow, set your burner to the lite setting and get your spark. Hold a match to the questionable burner and see if it lights.
If it lights you have gas flow.
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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2009, 05:29:48 PM »
that makes excellent sense - Thanks!

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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2009, 05:37:31 PM »
try another knob on that burner, it may be something simple as a loose knob
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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2009, 08:56:05 AM »
To verify gas flow, set your burner to the lite setting and get your spark. Hold a match to the questionable burner and see if it lights.
If it lights you have gas flow.


Excellent suggestion, and I tried that. Results were that burner does not light even with a match in place, until you have turned the knob PAST the point where it stops sparking. Checked other burners, and gas flow starts right when the word 'lite' lines up with the indicator mark on the cooktop. With this burner, the igniter stops sparking BEFORE you get to that point. When the word 'lite' is in line with the indicator, the gas flow starts, but the  igniter has stopped. This is a brand new switch/harness I just purchased from Repair Clinic. Possible it is defective?
Frustrating, in that this cooktop is about 14 months old -

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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2009, 09:10:46 AM »
Once this burner does light, can you adjust the flame high to low without a problem?
My thought is leaning towards a bad gas valve for this burner or possible trash at the valve outlet.
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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2009, 09:19:15 AM »
Once I light it with a match, it seems to be fine. Goes from high to low, no problem. I am going to remove the top again today, and will check for junk around the burner, but am not aware of any problem. One other thought I have is to take the new harness and the old harness, and cut out the switch for the one bad burner and replace it with one of the good switches off the old harness. The only reason I replaced the harness to begin with was that the microswitch for one of the burners would not cause the igniter to work. So, now with the new harness, that burner works fine, but a different burner is screwed up.

I have the connectors and a crimping tool, but am sort of thinking that this is too new a cooktop for me to start 'Mickey Mousing'. . . .

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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2009, 11:18:36 AM »
I agree you should swap out the suspect switch with a known good one from the old harness. If you look at the old switches, you will see that there are a couple of holes at either end where the wires go in. Right above the  holes, kind of on the  side of the switch, is a small horizontal slot, just big enough to stick a pocket srewdriver or jewelers screwdriver into. If you gently insert a blade there, the wires for the switch will be released and you  can pull them out.

When you push the wires into the hole again, they are held by a thin blade which holds them in place.
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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2009, 12:24:41 PM »
OK, similar to a light switch! Great to know - I hadn't paid any attention to that feature. Thanks!

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Re: Maytag Gas Cooktop ignitor
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2009, 01:35:37 PM »
 ;D

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! When I took the top cover off again, I noticed that the trouble switch was not sitting at the same angle on the valve shaft as the others. It was about 20-30 degrees off from being square to the flat side of the valve shaft. I looked at the bottom of the switch and saw 3 flat metal tabs that seem to align the switch and the shaft. I took a jewelers screwdriver and rotated the tabs so that when the switch was aligned on the shaft, it sat at a square angle.

Bottom line, SUCCESS! The spark and the gas are working just fine.

 

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