How To Fix A Gas Stove That Won’t Light After Spilling Water On It

I spilled water on my gas stovetop and the flame won’t light anymore. What should I do? What is the best thing to do if your gas stove won’t light after you have spilled water on it? Stop using your stove if water has spilled on it. Do not turn the knob in order to get the flame going again as it will most likely just make a clicking noise and this may lead to more issues. We will explain the safest way to get your gas stovetop to dry out and begin using your stove top again.

How To Fix A Gas Stove That Won't Light After Spilling Water On ItFix A Gas Stove That Won’t Light After Water Spillage

If your gas burners are not working after spilling water on them, they should work once the water has had 24 hours of time to evaporate.

Spilling water onto the stovetop will soak the parts needed to ignite the gas wet. This will prevent the gas stovetop from igniting if you turn the knob and attempt to ignite it. If you have spilled water and the burners are wet, the best thing to do is to let the stove dry out before attempting to turn it on.

How to dry out a wet gas stovetop

  1. Turn the gas valve to OFF.
  2. Remove power to the stove by unplugging it from the power outlet.
  3. Use a sponge or towels to completely remove any remaining water around or in the stovetop and burners.
  4. Once water is removed let the stove dry 24 hours to be sure all water has evaporated.
  5. Add a small fan near the stovetop to expedite the water to dry out and evaporate any remaining moisture.
  6. Open the oven door to allow the circulation of air to evaporate moisture that may have found its way into the stove or oven.
  7. Check to be sure that the burners are in good condition and nothing is cracked or damaged.
  8. Be sure all the burner knobs are in the OFF position.
  9. After 24 hours turn the gas valve back to ON.
  10. Plug the stove back into power by plugging it into the power outlet.
  11. Now test one of the burners by turning the burner knob as usual to see if the stove ignites.
  12. The stove should work perfectly and ignite all burners after the water has dried out.

The above is a simple and easy way to get your stove dry after water has gotten spilled on the stove. If the stovetop still does not ignite after following the steps above, continue reading below for more detailed help.


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How to dry a wet gas stove & check parts

  • Unplug the stove from the power source and turn off gas.
  • Remove all parts on the stove top such as trim ring covers, grates, and valve stem knobs. Remember to keep track of which part goes where after removing the parts to dry the unit out.
  • Lift the top lid and gain access to the area below the stovetop.
  • Remove any round plastic covers over the valve stems to access the switches.
  • Use a blow dryer and dry the parts including all the sparker’s, wiring, and connections.
  • If you choose after blow drying the wet components of the stove, let it sit overnight to be sure all water is evaporated.
  • After you believe that all components are dry and no more water exists, plug in the stove and turn the gas back to ON.
  • Make sure you do not touch any electrical parts during this test phase.
  • Replace one knob on a valve stem and do a test to see if the stove will ignite as normal.
  • If the sparker is working after the water was spilled then the stovetop has dried out and is fixed, you have removed all the water.

If the above did not solve the problem then a short could exist. A component might be faulty or some of the igniters might work and some will not. Possibly a switch or more may be burned out from the spillage. A spark module may be burned out or the water may have affected another part of the stove and causing it to not work properly. You will have to troubleshoot the issue further. You will need to search for gas stove igniter parts. Watch some YouTube videos of “How to fix burned out components on a gas stove”. We hope this has assisted you to fix your gas stove, if not ask us a question below for assistance.

Have issues with a stove after water got spilled or leaked on the stove and the stove still does not work? Please leave a comment below with the model number of your stove and someone will assist you.

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