Whirlpool Hob Ignition Switch - How to get the Switch Cover off?


Postby bxcfilm » Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:39 pm

I have a Whirlpool AKP511 built-in electric oven / gas hob, which has worked fine since 1998, but now the ignition switch is starting to spark less and less. I have cleaned it as far as I can, but I can't get the switch cover off. I have tried as hard as I dare to prise it off, but no luck. My first question is: I suppose it is meant to be levered off like this...? If not like that, then how?

The second question is whether I can get a replacement switch, if I need one. The top of my switch looks like this one,

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but I have no idea about compatibility. I haven't found anywhere supplying a switch for the AKP511.

I would appreciate any help.
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Postby proptech » Tue Jan 13, 2015 7:24 pm

Hi bxcfilm

Although I'm not familiar with that model, I would be very surprised indeed if the fault you describe was caused by the switch. Most likely the spark generator. I really would suggest getting the help of a registered engineer to correct this, as there should be no DIY work on a gas appliance.
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Postby bxcfilm » Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:48 am

[After switching off the power, of course], I cleaned around the switch cap as best I could. Food gets in there every so often, and I couldn't help thinking that the problem may be as simple as dirt on the contacts. I also sprayed some switch cleaner. It now works a bit better, a spark reliably about once a second, which is enough. Bottom line - it's now doing the job.

But I agree about your main point - if it needs any further work, I would need to get a fitter in.

But I still don't know where I would be able to get a switch.
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