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Extra low burner that won't ignite

From your explanation of my non-igniting cook-top burner it may very well be the potentior. Would that explain why there is no evidence/smell of gas when it is turned on? What is the potentior and where is it to fix/unclog, or change it? Thanks... I have the same problem. Can you tell me how to separate the top from the burner box? Also, when I try to push the cooktop up to disengage it from my countertop, the burner control side (right) doesn't seem to want to give. Is there something connected in there or is it just sticky? thanks

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