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Kenmore elite doesnt heat up glow bar comes on but cant smell gas gas line is on

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  • jimmy3299 Oct 02, 2008

    i fixed it at first i thought changing the thermo fuse but found out if it was defective nothing would work so it was recomended to change coils it was an easy fix cost abit over 50 bucks but its working now thank you

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Just because the glow bar igniter comes on, does not mean it good. They typically get weak with age and fail to draw sufficient enough current to open the gas safety valves. That is why you don't smell any gas. This is a designed safety feature of the burner that prevents free flowing gas from escaping before ignition. Otherwise, gas would fill the cabinet and then "phoooooom", a huge flash or explosion when the trapped gas finally ignited. I would recommend you read the following link about glow bar igniters:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r401858-replacing_oven_igniter_gas_range

I know this link is for a gas range, but the igniter types and the principle of operation is the same. If you've had this dryer for a while, I suspect you need a new igniter. Replacements can be ordered on line at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your complete model number and look under the heading for burner assembly parts. Another cause of failed ignition would be the gas valve coils. There are generally two of them on the burner. One is the main coil, while the other is a pilot position coil. When they go bad, however, they typically make a clattering noise. Let me know if you have similar symptoms.

I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you have further questions.

Posted on Oct 02, 2008

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Oct 03, 2008

    "Thanks for Trying", though? I wish you would have just retracted your question, or left the coments unrated. Sorry, I could not have helped you. I'm glad you were able to resolve this on your own.

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