Things needed:

  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench and screwdriver


Any clicking sound coming from the gas stove indicates that it has to be repaired. You however don’t actually want to spend money calling the repair man. Instead, you can fix it relatively easy. Read on to learn all that you need and need to do to determine what is wrong and fix the problem.

Locating the problematic switch

The first thing you need to replace anything is to find out which switch had actually gone bad. Follow these steps to find out which switch has actually gone bad and needs repairing.

Clear anything that is on the stove top, including pan supports which are not secured to its surface.

Lift open both the stove top and latch and then each knob has to be turned to the ignite position. You will notice that each working switch makes a new clicking noise to start when you turn it on for igniting. It is when you don’t hear a new clicking sound that you have located the defective switch.

Now you need to pull the power plug after pulling the stove out from the wall and then turn off the valve which is supplying gas to the stove. You need to turn one valve on to let any gas in its lines to escape. Make sure you open a window to maintain air flow and to remove the gas fumes. As you have now located the defective switch, the next thing to do is buy the new one and replace the old bad one with it.

How to replace the problematic switch

These are actually generic instructions as ovens are not built the same way. However you can always take pictures to ensure everything goes back the right way when it came apart.

Disconnecting the problematic switch

The defective switch has to be disconnected from the power source, which is usually a plug or 2 spade type connectors. You may also find ring type connectors that have to be unscrewed. If required, remove the gas line to the burner and gas feed line to the valve.

Most gas stoves also let you remove the gas feed without removing the valve. There are however some old stoves which need both to be removed. Next, remove the switch from the knob and valve assembly by removing either a lock not on the switch spindle or know, or by removing 2 small screws securing the switch to the valve. Now you can discard the old switch set.

Installing the new switch

With the help of the supplied hardware, mount and re-secure the new knob to the stove’s knob assembly. Reuse the old hardware if there is no new hardware. Then reconnect the gas supply and feed lines if it was formerly disconnected.

Then reconnect the power to the switch and remove all your tools from under the stove top. After reconnecting power, turn the knob to ignite and ensure the switch and igniter are working properly. Once your stove is working properly, turn the gas supply on, close the stove lid and push back the stove to the wall.

After reading these instructions, you will be able to locate the defective switch and replace it on your own today without waiting for anyone.