Troubleshooting Tips For Common DCS Range Problems
As one of the leading manufacturers of high-quality ranges and kitchen appliances in the United States, DCS is a name that you can find in thousands of homes all across the country.
But just because DCS is a trusted and reliable brand name doesn’t mean that their home or commercial appliances are invincible.
In fact, unless you take the time to clean, service properly, and maintain your DCS range, you’re bound to run into problems at some point during the appliance’s lifetime.
With that said, not every problem with your range means that you’ll need to replace it.
Most times, after carefully diagnosing the problem, a trained technician will be able to repair or replace any faulty components that are causing your problems.
Below, we’ll take a look at a few simple troubleshooting steps you can take to try and get your DCS range back up and running without needing to call in a professional repair technician.
Gas Burner Won’t Light Up
When you’re either experiencing a very low, weak flame, or you have a single gas burner that won’t light, it’s most often caused by a dirty, clogged burner cap or an igniter that’s failing to produce a strong enough spark.
Clean The Burner And Make Sure It’s Not Clogged
When you cook on your range, it’s not uncommon for food particles, oil, and grease residue to splash out of your pan. When this happens, these residues often end up landing on your gas range’s burner caps, which eventually can build up and impede the flow of gas.
So if you’re experiencing a weak or uneven flame, start by making sure that your burner caps are clean and that there’s no grease, oil or any other type of cooking residues blocking the small gas holes located on the burner cap.
If the burner cap is dirty, you can try cleaning it with some soap and water or try using a bit of rubbing alcohol to dissolve and remove the residue.
Igniter Fails to Make Spark – Broken Spark Module
If your burner caps are cleaned and in good working order, the next most likely culprit is a faulty igniter, failing to produce a strong enough spark to ignite the gas.
Sometimes, the igniter’s electrodes can also become dirty or covered in cooking residue. So it’s a good idea to start your troubleshooting by removing your burner grates and gently cleaning the igniters.
If you’ve done this and still need help finding out why you can’t ignite your burner, don’t hesitate to contact Denver Appliance Repair today!
Heating Elements Not Getting Hot
When it comes to an electric range, when you’re experiencing a single element that isn’t heating up, it’s most likely just that element that has become faulty.
In this case, you can double-check the issue by swapping the faulty element with another that you know is working. If this fixes the problem, you can be sure that the element needs to be replaced.
Blown Fuse Or Tripped Breaker
Sometimes, especially in older homes, a blown fuse or a tripped breaker might be the cause of the problems that you’re experiencing with your appliance.
If you find a blown fuse or a tripped breaker, you can try replacing it or turning it back on to see if this resolves the issue.
Igniter Keeps Clicking
We often hear about gas ranges that the igniter repeatedly clicks either without igniting the burner or an igniter that seems to click randomly.
Either way, both of these issues most usually indicate that the igniter itself is on the verge of failing.
Fortunately, replacing a faulty igniter is a relatively easy job, which can be done on your own so long as you know what you’re doing and make sure to purchase the correct replacement part for your specific make and model of DCS range.
Problems With The Control Switch
In some cases, it might not be the igniter or burner causing your problem, but rather the control switch that has become faulty.
Your range’s controls get used each time you turn the range on or off, which means that these parts get a lot of everyday wear and tear. In other words, faulty control switches are a prevalent issue, especially with older DCS ranges.
Unfortunately, diagnosing whether you’re dealing with a faulty igniter or a faulty control switch is a bit more complicated. A repair professional will use a multimeter tool to check these components for continuity, which will allow them to diagnose what component is causing the problem.