When I try to light the front right burner, on my Amana first edition range, the front left burner sparks. The gas turns on to the correct burner but it try to spark the wrong burner. This problem just popped up out of no where after years of the range working correctly. I would appreciate any help or advice anyone can share.

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    Some ranges spark all of the burners at the same time, so the "wrong burner" sparking may be a red herring. Can you light the problem burner with a match? If so, it could be an issue with the spark on that burner. If not, probably a gas supply issue. Either way, try removing the burner cap and lifting off the burner to see if it is mis-aligned or if some food got stuck in there.
    – Hank
    Sep 3 '15 at 14:55
  • Follow Henry Jackson comment. But it is not just food you need to inspect for. Over time the igniters develop corrosion that needs to be scraped off. With a small piece of fine grain sand paper (200 or higher) or a small fine file, lightly (I mean lightly) clean the probe and the side of the burner where it sparks.
    – diceless
    Sep 3 '15 at 15:14
  • and the igniters need to be gapped with the correct gap, que no?
    – ojait
    Sep 3 '15 at 23:07

In my experience, most spark ignition ranges spark all the burners at the same time.

So, it's probably just an issue with that burner not sparking - spark gap shorted out with food is the usual cause. Broken wire is possible but much less likely.

Try looking at the left front burner spark (which you see when trying to light the front right) while lighting each of the back burners. I'll bet it sparks for both of them, too; and I'll also bet the back burners will spark while you are lighting the front ones - you probably just haven't looked for that before.

  • I've had to clean the burner side of the contact with a wire brush to get it to spark again. You could measure the resistance between igniters to determine if the wire is broken.
    – rpmerf
    Sep 3 '15 at 19:34

My burner would not start and when I manually lit it the flame was very yellow like the air mixture was off. I found the problem was some of the fiberglass insulation that Frigidaire put under the burner base between the top of the oven moved and was blocking the air flow to the burner. To see this insulation remove the cap and burner and look inside the hole and see if some of the fiberglass insulation has moved into the airway where the air comes to mix with the gas. By pushing the fiberglass with a chopstick back away from the air path and back into the area between the burner and the oven it fixed the problem. Easy fix if you know what to look for.

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