How to Adjust Stove Top Burners


Stove top burners on both electric and gas stoves require adjustments so that they heat, cook at an even temperature and work efficiently. Gas stove tops may need an adjustment after installation or when applying a new tank of gas. Taking connections off for any reason and then reconnecting them causes additional air in the line accompanying the gas. The air noises may correct themselves quickly, or the burners may require adjustments. Electric burners wear with age and may not make a good connection due to wear or grease buildup.

Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Towel
  • Steel wool
  • Screwdriver

Electric Stove Top Burners

  • Turn off all burners and wait for the stove top to cool completely.

  • Remove the electric stove top burner by slightly lifting it up from the drip pan and pulling the burner straight out of the receptacle.

  • Clean any grease or oil on the two ends of the burner with dish soap and water. Wipe the surface dry with a towel.

  • Buff the two ends of the burner with steel wool. Rub with steel wool in a circular motion until each end is shiny to provide a better connection for heating.

  • Plug the burner back into the receptacle and turn it on. Wiggle the burner until it makes good contact with the receptacle.

Gas Stove Top Burners

  • Turn off all burners and make sure the stove top is completely cool.

  • Remove the grates off the stove top where the pots and pans rest for cooking. Set the grates aside. Open the top of the stove top by lifting it from the front and propping it on the metal rest to hold the top open.

  • Unscrew the setscrew on the air shutter to the faulty burner with a small, flat screwdriver but do not remove the setscrew. The air shutter is near the front of the stove top. This component in a gas stove adjusts the gas-to-air ratio for even heating on the burners.

  • Turn the faulty burner on high. If the flame is yellow instead of blue and not heating enough, open the shutter until a blue flame appears. If the burner has excessive noise, close the shutter slightly until there are no audible noises.

  • Tighten the shutter's setscrew on the burner. Remove the metal rest from under the top of the stove and lay it in its resting position while holding the top with the other hand. Lower and close the top and replace the grates on the stove top.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gas stovetops should have a blue flame on each burner to operate efficiently. A yellow flame indicates low air pressure to the burner. Noisy burners have too much airflow to the burner and emit hissing and popping sounds.

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