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Kenmore freestanding gas range right front burner will not light.

My Kenmore freestanding gas range, model 78659600, has a right front burner that will not light. Gas comes out, and i can manually light it. The other burners all work fine as does the oven. Something must be broken/wrong with that one, but i can not tell what it could be. Everything looks fine visually. Sometimes it will light if i jiggle things around, but not often.

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Gas Grills , Kenmore , Ranges , Wall Ovens , Appliances
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Thanks much, I will give this a try and let you know. Thanks again!
by Manage My Life
September 12th, 2010
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If the igniter sparks at that burner but does not always light I suspect the burner ports are clogged. Use a paper clip to clean out the ports on the side of the burner near the igniter. If the spark is weak I recommend replacing the igniter/orifice assembly.

Another possibility; spark module or igniter switch.

Please see the image provided below for more details.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.
by Manage My Life
September 4th, 2010
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Manage My Life
First of all, I want to make the statement that you should consider this "dangerous". If someone attempts to use that burner and it doesn't light, they will be allowing gas to enter the room and pose a potential fire / explosion risk.

From a basic troubleshooting perspective, it sounds like either the electronic igniter is not functioning [properly] or there is a malfunction in the control dial. If you're somewhat handy, you try to access the control dial from behind to see if there is a loose wire (unplug the range from the wall first). Check the "feel" of the control knob as well to see if it feels more sloppy than the others.

Your statement about being able to get it to light *sometimes* when you jiggle it is what's making me think that this might be because of either a short or loose connection.
by Manage My Life
September 4th, 2010
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Joseph Perez
I understand how important it is to have your burner ignite properly so that gas is not accumulating which can be very dangerous. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did mange to find a very useful link that will provide much more detail about the problem that you are having. I hope my link is useful.
by Joseph Perez Earned 1,551 community points in Kenmore
September 3rd, 2010
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