The superior heating power of a Viking range is impossible to enjoy if your burners won’t turn on. Why are my Viking stove burners not igniting? Moisture from spills or cleaning solutions can prevent the igniter from sparking. Determine why your Viking gas range burners won’t light with these troubleshooting tips.
4 Reasons Why Your Viking Gas Range Burners Won’t Light
Given a Viking range’s high-quality construction, most burner issues are resolved with consistent maintenance or a DIY fix. Here’s how to pinpoint the problem when your Viking gas range burners won’t light.
Check the Power & Gas Connection
When your Viking gas range burners won’t light, first check their power sources. Your range needs adequate and consistent access to gas and electricity for the burners to operate. Even though it’s a gas range, the igniter still requires electrical power to spark.
Here’s how to assess your Viking range’s gas and electrical connections:
- Inspect the power cord: Make sure it’s damage-free and properly plugged into a functioning outlet. Avoid extension cords that can’t reliably transmit the voltage required, resulting in surges that interrupt power.
- Check the gas connection: The gas valve should be in the on position. If the valve is loose or the connection isn’t secure it should be professionally assessed.
- Look for tripped breakers: Check your home’s circuit breaker box and reset any tripped breakers.
Ensure the Viking Range Burners are Clean
Dirty burners are one of the most common reasons for lighting problems. Even if you clean your range surface after each use, grease spills and food particles may accumulate around burner components, unseen. This buildup can block burner ports, preventing gas from flowing or covering the igniter, stopping it from sparking.
- Burner caps: Lift caps straight up to remove and gently scrub with hot, soapy water or Soft Scrub cleanser and a Scotch-Brite pad. Dry thoroughly before replacing. Viking range cleaning tips for heavy staining recommend spraying the caps with Easy-Off oven cleaner and allowing them to sit for 1-2 hours.
- Burner bases: Wipe with hot, soapy water and a clean cloth after each use. Soak encrusted stains with a hot towel before gently scraping with a wood or nylon scraper.
- Sealed burner bowls: Wipe down with hot, soapy water and a soft cloth, using Soft Scrub and a Scotch-Brite pad for stubborn stains.
Check for Moisture Around the Burners
Even the most careful of chefs allow water or cooking spills to splash around the burners and igniter. However, if this moisture lingers, it can prevent the igniter from sparking and your Viking gas range burners won’t light. Cleaning solutions that aren’t wiped away can also leave the igniter damp and unable to spark.
After a cooking or cleaning session, allow the igniter and burner components to air dry before using them again. This should allow any moisture to evaporate so the igniter can generate a spark. To hasten drying times, gently pat the igniter with a clean, dry paper towel before air drying for 5-10 minutes.
A Faulty Igniter May Be to Blame
If all else fails, it’s possible that a faulty igniter is preventing the burners from lighting. The igniter must harness enough electrical power to generate a spark that lights the burner. If one of its components is faulty, the spark may be too weak to light the burner. It’s also possible that the gas stove igniter won’t spark at all. If the igniter clicks repeatedly without lighting the burner, it’s likely faulty and requires professional replacement.
The professionals at Appliance Service Station can address any Viking range repair. Schedule your expert service with us today!