There are many reasons why your gas hob may not be working properly. Here, we're going to walk you through some of the most common gas hob problems and faults to help you identify the possible causes. Some faults can be solved with the help of a few tools, while others may require the work of a professional. Below is a list of the most common problems that occur on gas hobs.
Gas hob won't stay lit
If your gas hob won't stay lit, then there are a couple of potential issues. If your burner goes out as soon as you release the dial, then there is likely a problem with the thermocouple. This will typically require a new part and need to be replaced. You can try removing the individual burner and wipe the thermocouple yourself with a damp cloth but, if that doesn’t work, you may need to book a repair.
Gas hob jets blocked
If one of your gas hobs is creating a spark but not burning, or only half of a burner is lit, then you've probably got a blocked jet. This happens naturally over time as general staining and mess from cooking takes its toll on your hob. You can generally avoid this from happening with regular cleaning.
To fix this problem, you'll need to unblock the hob to allow gas to pass through and ignite. Find the small holes that surround the burner where gas shoots out from and unclog them using a paperclip, needle, or something similar. Don't use any implement that could snap as this will lead to even bigger problems.
Gas hob won't stop clicking
A gas hob that won't stop clicking is typically not a dangerous problem. However, if you smell gas, contact your gas supplier straight away. This can be caused by moisture and food debris in the ignitor switch, so your first best is to clean the hob thoroughly with an old toothbrush.
If that doesn’t work, check to see that the hob is correctly aligned as a loose burner can cause the gas hob to continually click. If the problem still persists, we recommend seeking professional help.
To make sure your gas hob gets repaired correctly, we recommend contacting a professional. Why not get a repair quote from Home Appliance Care and arrange a visit from one of our team of fully trained, gas-safe registered engineers? Alternatively, you may want to look at some of our other kitchen appliance guides, which include articles on gas ovens, electric hobs, fridges, and freezers.