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Product Help | Maytag

Gas Burner Flame Level Incorrect

Gas Burner Flames are too High or Low, Uneven, Flickering, Yellow, or Noisy on your Maytag Cooktop

If your gas burner flames are not normal, check to make sure the burner ports are clean. 

To clean the ports: Clean clogged burner ports with a straight pin, needle, or small-gauge wire as shown.

  • Do not use a wooden toothpick, it can break off and prevent proper gas flow. 
  • Do not clean in the dishwasher, detergent can clog gas ports.
  • Do not enlarge or distort the port, this will lead to unstable flames.

Cleaning burner base with pin.jpg  


Is the burner base and burner cap positioned properly? 

  • Flame spreader or burner base must be seated on the burner base to light and perform properly.  
  • Burner cap must be seated properly on the correct flame spreader or burner base to light and perform properly.

Typical burners shown below:

Standard and Dual Flame Surface Burner.jpg       Dual Tier Surface Burner.jpg            Even-Heat Surface Burner.jpg


NOTE: Always keep the burner cap in place when using a surface burner. A clean burner cap, especially the bottom of the cap, will help avoid poor ignition and uneven flames. Always clean the burner cap after a spillover and routinely remove and clean the caps.

  • Be sure the correct burner cap is on the correct burner base.  The burner base and the underside of the burner cap may have a mark indicating which burner cap and burner base match as shown below.

Cap and Base Matching.jpg


  • Reinstall the burner cap; making sure the alignment pins(if present) are properly aligned with the burner cap as shown below. 
  • Burner cap should fit flush with burner base and have very little side to side movement.  



Does the surface burner make a popping noise?

The burner could be wet from a spillover or from cleaning.  Allow the burner to completely dry and replace the burner cap.  You can speed up the drying process by blowing cool air on the area using a hair dryer.

Is propane gas being used?

Compare the flame to the illustrations below. If the flames look like A:

  • A burner port (hole) may be clogged.  
  • Check to be sure the burner caps are positioned correctly.
  • If LP (propane) gas is being used, the cooktop may have been converted improperly, call for service. 

Normal flames look like B or C.

Surface Burner Flame Illustration.jpg

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