Why is My Gas Stove Clicking?

Why is My Gas Stove Clicking?

What to Do If Your Gas Stove Never Gets Past the Clicking Sound

First thing’s first, most gas stoves make a “clicking” sound. That’s the sound the stove makes when the electric igniter is trying to light the burner. But if you notice a “clicking” sound after the burner is lit or the burner doesn’t light at all, your stove may need some fine-tuning. Let’s go through some stove troubleshooting tips, so you can get back to preparing another home-cooked meal for you and your loved ones.

What You Need to Know About the Clicking Noise

Normally, when you first turn on the stove, you’ll hear a “clicking” noise. This means the electric igniter is trying to light the burner. If you hear a “clicking”, it doesn’t necessarily mean gas is running through the stove. If the burner fails to light up at all, the gas may be turned off or there may be a problem with the gas line connection.

If you’re having trouble with your stove for any reason at all, watch out for the smell of gas. If you think you smell gas, shut off the gas supply, get out of your house, and call your utility provider for immediate assistance. If you don’t suspect a gas leak, but your stove isn’t working, read on for some repair tips.

Stove Troubleshooting Tips

  • Realign the Burner Cap

When the stove is completely cool, remove the burner grate and realign the burner cap. The cap may be off center, leaning to one side, or covered in food. If it’s dirty, clean it off and make sure it’s firmly attached to the stove before trying to relight the burner.

  • Dry Off the Stove

If you have a habit of using a lot of water when you cook or putting a still-wet pan on the burner, all that extra moisture may have put a damper on things. Make sure the stove is completely cool and try drying off the burner, including the cap and the grate, with a rag or some paper towel.

  • Get Rid of Food Debris

Food tends to bounce around when you’re cooking on the stove. Food debris can collect around the burner and even inside the burner knob. Food crumbs and built up grease can disrupt the connection between the burner and the gas line. Keep your stove clean and remove any food debris from these sensitive areas.


Always use caution when troubleshooting your stove. If you don’t feel comfortable trying to fix your stove or something feels out of place, stop what you’re doing and call a professional.

If these steps aren’t enough to get your stove up and running again, you likely have a larger problem on your hands. You’ll need to call your utilities provider to make sure the gas line is working properly. You may also need to have a professional repair your stovetop. Contact the professionals at Absolute Appliance Repair for stove and cooktop repair in SF. We’ll help you get your stove back up and running in no time, so you can prepare another delicious meal.