Have you noticed that your gas cooktop burners are not igniting flames as well as they used to?  Chances are that they haven’t been cleaned properly.  Not only will simple cleaning mechanisms improve the overall efficiency of your appliance but will also prevent blackening of the bottom of your pots and pans.


Cleaning your gas cooktop burner is extremely easy and can be done with a damp cloth and either a thin piece of wire or pin.  You may also want to keep a small piece of sand paper and a wire brush close by.  Before undertaking any cleaning project, make sure that the appliance had cooled down from any prior use and that the power has been disconnected.  Once this is done, you are ready to begin.


Start by removing the burner grates and burner caps, if your appliance allows for it, to ensure an open area for cleaning.  Soak the grates and caps, if applicable, in your sink in very hot water until you have completed cleaning the rest of the cooktop.  In the meantime, use a cloth that has been dampened with warm soapy water and begin wiping down entire cooktop surface.  Make sure to avoid excessive water on the cloth and or around the cooktop as water may leak into areas connected to electronics.


During cleaning, take a close look at the igniters individually.  The igniters are easily identifiable – they are small round white ceramic pieces located on the cooktop.  Often times, they become covered by a film, grease or oil buildup.  Igniters should also be cleaned and we recommended you use a wire brush or a small piece of sandpaper to remove the grimy accumulation.  Next, the holes of the surface burners should be cleaned.  Using a thin piece of wire or a pin, you want to be sure the small holes are completely free of any blockage.  Lastly, remove the grates and caps from the hot water, wipe them down with a clean cloth and replace them back into the slots.


In addition to the above, we do suggest you wipe down your stovetop after each and every use, waiting until the cooktop has cooled down.  Routine maintenance goes a long way in maximizing the life and efficiency of your appliance.


Although we would love to service your appliances, we do hope these tips will save you from having to pay for a service call!

Until next time – Happy Tip To You Tuesday!

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