ignitor not working on Virco....help

superflygrillguyOctober 7, 2002

Just got my Virco Classic. Overall was pretty happy. When I first fired up, everything was working great. Then I left it on for about 5 minutes and turned it off. 20 minutes later I tried to fire it back up and only the far right could ignite. There were no sparks from the other ignitor. I had to hand light the other two.

I am using LP for now while waiting for the conversion kit. Yes I did open the tank slowly.

Thanks for the help

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My igniter on the side burner was disconnected underneath. It is just a clip-on deal so if that's what is wrong with yours it should be a very easy fix.

Look for a wire running from the ignitor button up to the underside of the burner and make sure they are connected.

I think they get loose during shipping.

Made an awsome marinated tri tip from Costco Sat night. The leftovers made great sandwiches!

Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2002 at 12:24PM
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It is connected. As I said, it worked the first time, but never since.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2002 at 1:31PM
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I had a defective ignitor that went out after a few weeks. No spark whatsoever. If you don't get any spark, yours could be defective. Call Virco and ask them to ship you a replacement. It's not too hard to replace, but I had to loosen that side of the front panel to get enough space to ease the ignitor out.

Another possibility is that the gaps between the ignitor wires and the burners need adjustment. However, I went through a lot of such adjustments, then ignitor finally died, and the replacement has not needed any adjustments.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2002 at 1:51PM
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You could also elimate the question of the ignitor module by unhooking the wires that don't work and moving the one right hand side ignitor to the other terminals. This would answer this question for you. This is easily accessed under the front panel. Even though it worked at first and not after you ran it for a while, this might be an expansion issue and you might just need to further adjust the electrodes. My guess is that the ignitor may be fine. I too had to do some adjusting on the electrode tips to get a good spark. I found that a quarter inch of clearance worked really well. I also put a new duracell alkaline in the button, it sparks alot better. One more area of cocern may also be the position of the spark in relation to the burner tube holes. (Assuming the module is ok) What I mean is this. I found that when I was running propane, I bent my electrodes so that the spark was underneath the outlet holes on the burner tube. Since LP is heavier than air, the gas was going down and accumulating before it would ignite, making a small combustion. Consequently, when I converted to NG, I had to reverse this and make the spark above the holes. Lights immmediately now. Good luck.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2002 at 6:54PM
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Adjusted electrodes and now works fine. Thanks.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2002 at 9:20AM
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