You clean your gas cooktop regularly, but what about your burners, grates and caps? These components can get dirty over time, which could affect their performance.
How to clean gas stove top burners
It’s important to properly clean your gas cooktop burners and ports. Failure to do so may result in flames that will not cook evenly. Before you get started, make sure all of the controls are off and the cooktop is cool. Next, gather the materials you’ll need for cleaning the burners and ports:
- A non-abrasive, plastic scrubbing pad.
- A mildly abrasive cleaner.
- A straight pin, needle or small gauge wire.
IMPORTANT: Do not use oven cleaners, bleach or rust removers when cleaning your gas burners. Also, don’t use a wooden toothpick in place of a pin, needle or wire to clean the burner ports. The toothpick can break off in the burner and prevent proper gas flow.
Follow the steps below to clean your gas burners and ports:
1. Remove the burner cap and burner base.
2. Clean the burner cap and base with a nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad and mildly abrasive cleaner.
- The cooktop is easiest to clean as soon as the top, grates and caps are cool following cooking.
- Do not clean burner caps in the oven during a Self-Cleaning cycle.
- Do not wash burner caps in the dishwasher.
3. Clean the gas tube opening under the base.
4. Gently clean the igniter with a damp cloth.
5. Clean clogged burner ports with a straight pin, needle, or small-gauge wire as shown below.
- Do not attempt to clean the burner ports in the dishwasher.
- Do not enlarge or distort the port.
6. Reinstall the burner base and cap.
- Make sure the alignment pins (if present) are properly adjusted with the burner cap and the correct burner cap is on the correct burner base.
- The burner cap should fit flush with the burner base and have very little side to side movement.
7. Turn on the burner. If the burner does not light, check cap alignment and if the correct burner cap is on the correct burner base.
For more information, watch the below video on cleaning surface burners:
Tips for cleaning gas stove top grates and burner caps
If your grates or caps are looking dirty or dingy, try to following tips to help clean them.
IMPORTANT: Before cleaning, make sure all controls are off and the cooktop is cool. Soap, water and a soft cloth or sponge are suggested first unless otherwise noted.
- Use nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad and mildly abrasive cleaner. Clean as soon as cooktop, grates and caps are cool.
- Do not clean burner caps or grates in the oven during a Self-Cleaning cycle.
- Do not wash burner caps in the dishwasher unless noted in your Use and Care Guide.
- Some grates may be washed in the dishwasher. Use the most aggressive cycle. Cooked / burned on soils on grates should be soaked or scrubbed before being placed in the dishwasher. Refer to your Use and Care Guide to verify if grates can be washed in the dishwasher.
- Food spills containing acids, such as vinegar and tomato, should be cleaned as soon as the cooktop, grates and caps are cool. These spills may affect the finish.
- To avoid chipping, do not bang grates and caps against each other or hard surfaces such as cast iron cookware.
How to reinstall burner caps after cleaning
Be sure the correct burner cap is on the correct burner base. The burner base and underside of the burner cap may have a mark indicating which burner cap and burner base match.
When reinstalling the burner cap, make sure the alignment pins are properly aligned with the burner cap. The burner cap should fit flush with the burner base and have very little side to side movement. Do not reinstall caps on burners while wet.
The burner cap must sit correctly on the burner head – it should fit flush with the burner base and have very little side to side movement.
The cap must be seated on the burner base to light and perform properly. Because gas burners come in a number of configurations, it’s important to become familiar with your appliance’s design by reviewing your Use and Care Guide. Some examples of typical burners are shown below:
Always keep the burner cap in place when using a surface burner. A clean burner cap will help avoid poor ignition and uneven flames. Always clean the burner cap after a spillover and routinely remove and clean the caps. Do not reinstall wet caps on burners.
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