Question about Whirlpool Dryers
If this is indeed a GAS dryer, the next thing I would do is verify that your igniter is working. If you can see inside the dryer (under the drum where the burner assembly is), there should be an orange glow coming from the igniter after you start it. In simple theory a gas dryer works like this:
1. Press the start button, dryer drum begins to tumble, igniter begins to glow.
2. Once the igniter reaches a specific current level (as determined by the type igniter you have), the gas safety valves open and you have ignition.
Typically, the common fail item is the igniter. They simply wear out with age. I would recommend reviewing the following link to learn a little more:
I know the link is for replacing an igniter on a gas range, but the type of igniter and theory of how it operates is essentially the same. It is common to have an igniter STILL glow, but not ignite, because it has become weak and will not draw enough current.
Another problem associated with no ignition are the gas coils on the burner assembly. Your dryer should have two of them. One is the pilot position coil (3 terminals), while the other is called the main coil (2 terminals). If one of these coils is defective, it is recommended that BOTH be replaced.
Searspartsdirect.com has an excellent exploded view illustration of the parts I've discussed here. Just type in your COMPLETE model number and look under the "Burner Assembly" heading. The igniter is listed as item number 4 (part #279311) and the coils are listed as items number 13 (part #694540) and 14 (part #694539).
I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you require additional assistance.
Posted on Sep 24, 2008
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