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Question DetailsAsked on 7/15/2016

The stove knob was turned on slightly but no gas smell

The stove knob was turned on slightly but... It wasn't on to the point where I smell gas... I've been having a issue with my stove where it's been making this ticking sound... While the stove is off! So to stop that annoying sound... I will just plug it out. Now... I woke up to hearing the stove makes the same clicking sound around the same time as it did yesterday morning... So I notice that the stove was slightly on so I've turned the stove off & it was still making that clicking sound so I just plug the stove out to make it stop... I always sleep with the windows open so I'm wondering if that's why I didn't smell any gas or was it because the knob wasnt turned on to the point for me to smell anything smh worse I'm not sure of how long the knob has been turned on for... Sigh

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The ticking sound is almost certainly the ignitor for one part of the stove - top burners (may be one for all or one for each burner depending on brand) or for the oven. Would mean, in most cases, that either the knob is not turning all the way off or there is a sensor problem (if electronic control). Check ALL the knobs - possibly another is slightly on.

With any but an antique stove you should not smell gas - because it would either have a standing pilot that buirned all the time so would burn any leaking gas from the valve, or with a more modern stove the clicking ignitor should ignite any gas leaking out. If knob was on a bit so clicking without a burner lighting would mean the gas valve was not on enough to turnn on the gas - or so little that it is igniting it in bursts that are not big enough to see, possibly igniting the gas in the gas tube before ti gets to the burner.

However, the ignitor certainly will wear out over time, so you should get it looked at - and if after checking that ALL the knobs are all the way off it does not stop, until fixed I would seriously think about shutting off the gas valve behind the stove and unplugging it. Problem with just unplugging it only is if there is a gas leak, unplugging it does NOT shut off the gas flow with most stoves but would kill the ignitor - so any leaking gas could then build up and be a hazard.

Make sure you are turning all the knobs off all the way - some brands it is a pretty smooth feel to the knob throughout its range, others have a detent between OFF and ON so you have to turn it snugly to the OFF position, and there is a little "bump" you have to turn it past to get to full off. Of course, the position line or arrow on the knob and range should also line up at the full off position - if it is reading slightly toward the ON side when you turn it off, maybe you need to go a bit further past the detent resistance to the full off. Can be at least as much as the detent you feel when turning you car wipers on, and sometimes more like turning a radio ON/volume knob or car air flow rate knob on which has a distinct "hard point" of resistance between on and off.

Appliance Repair - Large is your Search the List category for repair techs for this.

You could also google the make and model number (usually on metallic-looking or white labor or plate inside the over door or bottom pan drawer, usually on the front of the stove frame inside there) and see if there is a safety recall for this condition, in which case you might get the repair for free. Ditto if range is still under warranty. Notices on recalls should be posted on manufacturer website by model number (and maybe serial number ranges too in some cases), also by category at this government website -

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


Looked at this one again as a possible reference for another question - realized I left out one possibility - that the base ring is loose and has turned, so when a know says it is off it actually is partly on - hence the ignitor is trying to light. Checking for a loose (rotatable) base ring which might cause the knob position to not really be where you think it is in its arc of motion.

One other possibility - especially isince you said about same time of day as previously - it might have an auto timed oven turn on programmed, so at a certain time of day the oven is lighting - you might just be hearing the oven igniting and turning on. Wipe out any auto-start oven programming.

Another possibility - a knob is cracked or damaged so it is rotating on the control shaft - so the know is not aimed in a direction corresponding to the valve shaft, so might say it is on (by the markings) when the gas control shaft is actually at a different location.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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