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Thanks Doc. I took the front panel off, and started my dryer. The igniter glows and then throws a flame for about 10 seconds and goes out. Comes back on about 20 seconds later, stays on 10 seconds, goes out again, and so on and so on. I noticed the flame rolls back a little and hits the ceramic box on the igniter. Is that normal? Maybe the box ( don;t know what its called) getting hot and shutting the flame down? Or do you think it's still the selenoids.

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  • earks Oct 03, 2008

    Yes I cleaned the vent first thing.

  • earks Oct 04, 2008

    I cleaned the air duct too. Flame only stays 10 seconds at a time.

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Hi .No The Solenoids Are Turning The Gas On . I would Check The Venting . Remove The Venting Clean All Venting. Thanks The Appliance Doc

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    john gagnon Oct 04, 2008

    hi with that dryer, the air duct inside the dryer where the lint screen goes, could be clogged up. remove the lint filter. 2 screws remove . lay dryer down, front down . remove the back panel . remove the air duct. clean all the dust. thanks the appliance doc

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I have ran into the flame sensor going out on units causing the same issue. Or it can be the gas coils or ignitor that can be going bad. You may have to take some time and remove the lower front panel and watch the flame and how it cycles. It should cycle on and off to control the temperature inside the unit. Watch the ignition process for at least 5-10 ignitions. If at any time the ignitor glows red and then clicks off. And the gas does not come out to ignite, then you have gas coils going bad.

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On the gas valve are one or two coils (solenoids) used to open and close the valve to control the flow of gas. If a coil fails, gas will not flow and the dryer will have no heat.

The easiest way to diagnose a problem in the burner assembly is to observe the burner operation. Remove the small access panel at the bottom, front of the dryer, select a high temperature setting and start the appliance. Watch the burner assembly, shortly after starting the dryer the ignitor should begin to glow. Next you should hear the click of the gas valve coil and a flame should ignite. The flame should be mostly blue and it should remain on for a minute or more.

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