Updated: June 30, 2022

Spilled Water On Gas Stove Clicking?

Written by:
Timothy Spencer
Edited by:
Brian Dean
Fact-Checked by:
Josh Reynolds
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With the digitalization in gas stoves, many of us are entertaining enjoying cooking with them. Especially me, I love to work with gas stoves, repair them and handle them.

But with great power comes great responsibilities on your gas stove of performing efficiently. This responsibility for your gas stove becomes burden when you inadvertently malfunction it.

In the same instance, if you have spilled water on your gas stove and now it won’t stop clicking then it may be possessed. With water, of course.

The burners on your gas stove relies on spark ignition which switches to light the burners. When you turn on your control knobs it causes the switches to emit a clicking noise which creates a spark for lighting flame on your gas stove.

Now, when you spill water on your gas stove’s control knobs, then it results into unstoppable and uninvited clicking. The gas stove will keep on clicking until water evaporates. Here I will describe step-by-step information how you can rectify this.

Don’t worry, here I will try to help you rectify your gas stove, in this regard.

Here’s a quick table of content for those who want to jump around:

Spilling water on the cooktop will moisten the components required to ignite the gas. If you turn the knob and try to light the gas burner, this will prevent it from igniting.

If you have spilled water and the burners are wet, it is advisable to let the stove dry off before turning it on.

If the issue still persists after drying off your gas stove, then it may be an indication that switches on your gas stove have failed and requires replacing.

Caution:  This is just an information guide on how things work. If you are a rookie or novice in conducting these kind of operations yourself then it is advised to stay abstained from it and call a real professional. Like me!

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  • Cotton Wool Bud
  • Alcohol / Spirit / Acetone

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Step-1 Get Manual:

As we advise this time and again, getting the manual for your gas stove in hand. It’ll help you save time and effort as your gas stove’s model may have different functioning.

Step-2 Disconnecting the power:

Disconnect the power from your gas stove and make sure that its gas supply valve has been turned ‘off’.

Step-3 Disassemble Gas stove:

Take off the gas stove grates, burner’s caps, burner heads and burners.

Now, remove the burner base from the gas stove. You can pull it up with your hands easily.

However, if you cannot, then screw driver can be helpful here. Some gas stoves have screws, holding their burner bases. Just find the little screw at the bottom and remove it.

You should be careful while pulling out the burner base as the wires are attached to it. So, you are prone to damaging the wires

Step-4 Rub with Cotton Bud & alcohol:

Now get a q-tip (a cotton wool bud) and alcohol.

After that, rub the entire igniter area as well as the burner base alongwith it so that you cover the whole area.

You can use acetone, spirit or a fine grit sandpaper too. But the process remains same and you have to cover the whole area as stated above.

Whatever you use just be careful that you won’t hurt the igniter.

Step-5 Cleaning Burner Cap:

The debris, moisture from water or grease does also comes in contact with the burner caps and it is necessary for you to clean them too.

Clean them with cotton bud and alcohol and cover the whole area just as in step-4.

Again, you can also use acetone, spirit or a fine grit sandpaper here too, it’s your choice.

Step-6- Wait a while:

After going through this whole process, the next step is patience.

Means you should leave the burner caps, igniter and burner base open, overnight, so that the moisture may get evaporated from it.

Because there are so many things that can go wrong and it is better for you to avoid them.

Step-7: Testing:

Now reassemble everything on your gas stove and turn on the power and gas supply. After that turn on the control knob to see if the clicking sound still appears or not.

Well the chances are that your gas stove won’t click now. But if it does, then it means there is a issue pertaining to inside of gas stove or control knobs require replacement. Then what?

Then you should call professionals.

Why gas stove keep on clicking?

Well, there are many issues, some of the most common here are filth, grease, and corrosion around the burner heads is interfering with gas flow

It is because the water may have created moisture inside it which got in contact with grease and created a crud inside and resulting into annoying continuous clicking.

Final Thoughts:

These pointers will come in handy if you spill water on a gas stove and it begins clicking.

Turning off the gas is the best course of action if you drop water on a gas stove and it begins clicking. You will next use a cloth to dry the top surface, let the interior components air dry, and avoid using the stove for at least 24 hours.

Neglecting this, and it will resulted into damaging your gas stove and creating difficulty for you to get your gas stove repaired. Resultantly heavy bill a ready for you to be paid.

It is preferable to limit the damage by allowing the appliance to air dry for a few minutes. This will aid in regaining control of the situation.

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