Don’t panic and call a repair person – fix these common problems quickly and easily yourself!
There is no debate (at least there shouldn’t be) that a gas cook-top is far superior to an electric cook top! However, one very common problem I have personally seen many times is a very simple fix.
The problem: One of the burners won’t come on! Occasionally this can be a major repair issue, but more often the problem is very simple. With newer gas cook-tops there are three main pieces at the burner. The burner base, the burner cap, and the igniter. The igniter is what you will hear clicking when you turn on the burner. But what happens when the click isn’t followed by the “woosh” sound and the burner lighting? Typically it is as simple as the burner base or the burner cap being misaligned.
All you need to do is reposition the burner cap or the burner base correctly and “voila”, the burner lights as intended. Less frequent is an issue with the igniter being dirty or clogged. The igniter is the small ceramic nub that projects from the open side of the burner base. If it is clogged or dirty, you can clean it with a soft bristled toothbrush and warm water. Scrub or wipe gently, dry with a clean cloth, reassemble the burner base and cap, and give it a try. Usually works like a charm.
The second kitchen appliance that is easier to fix than you might think is a garbage disposal. Specifically when the disposal jams and won’t operate. There are two simple solutions that often work (or don’t work) together.
When the disposal jams the motor will lock up and fail to turn. This can be fixed by using the allen wrench that came with you disposal. A good intaller will leave this under your sink, or perhaps taped to the side of the cabinet or disposal. Simply insert into the hole in the center of the bottom of the disposal and work it back and forth until it is free. Flip the switch and your disposal should be be humming along again.
The other issue associated with a disposal jam is the reset button, also located on the bottom of the disposal. This will click off as a protection measure to keep the disposal motor from overworking. Simply push the button in to reset, and it should work just fine.
Hope these tips help you save some time, aggravation, and money!
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