My GE XL44 Range Burners Won't Light

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My GE XL44 Range Burners Won't Light
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The General Electric XL44 is a gas range that offers a 4-cubic-foot oven, twin cooktop burners, a porcelain cooktop and a grill drawer that slides out. The range should operate well, but users may find that, as with all gas ranges, the burners sometimes do not light. If this happens to you, some troubleshooting steps can help you determine the reason for the problem, and possibly resolve it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Power supply
  • Gas supply
  • Match
  • Water
  • Clean cloth
  • Sewing needle or twist tie

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  1. 1

    Check to make sure the GE XL44 range is firmly plugged into a working, grounded power outlet. Check the circuit breaker or fuse, and replace or reset if necessary.

  2. 2

    Lift out the burners, or burners and caps if the oven is a sealed-burner model. Gently insert a twist tie or a sewing needle into the burner hole or slit. Carefully work it back and forth to remove any obstruction, but be careful not to enlarge the hole. Clean the electrode area on the sealed burner. Return the burners to the range.

  3. 3

    Examine the dripping pans, and adjust as necessary if they are not correctly positioned. If the dripping pans are not placed correctly, the burners may not function.

  4. 4

    Light the pilot lights if they are out and if this is a standing pilot light model. Sometimes a gas supply failure or a strong draft can extinguish a pilot light. Raise the cooktop and use a match or lighter to light the pilot lights. The pilot lights are in the small, circular units between two gas lines.

  5. 5

    Contact an authorised service centre for assistance if the troubleshooting steps have not resolved the problem.

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