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My Kenmore gas dryer wont heat up.

It spins but, no heat. Could it be a pilot light?

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    Sherman May 11, 2010

    does the ignitor glow when you turn on the dryer

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The heat is regulated with a Klixon mounted next to the blower housing near the vent pipe so it can judge the temperature of the air coming out of the drum.Right next to it is a melting type fuse. If the dryer runs and gets too hot the fuse will melt.But the dryer will still run. So if the fuse is good(continuity) and the dryer control(cycle) thermostat is also good then you should have power going to the gas valve assembly when the machine is running unless the timer is in the no heat or wrinkle free/cool down mode. When the gas valve assembly is energized the flame sensor READMORE

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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SOURCE: kenmore gas dryer

That model does not have a pilot light.  It has an electronic ignitor.  If it is not igniting, either the igniter is not getting a signal to ignite, the igniter is burned out, or the gas solenoid is broken.  Probably the igniter is burned out.  It is item number 3018 at RepairClinic.com.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007

SOURCE: Kenmore 70 Series

Unplug and turn off the gas feed. The fuse is located in the back of the series 70 attached to the lint housing near the bottom. About 1-1/2 inches long. Easy to remove, only two contact wire attachments. Note which wire goes where. Under $10.00 at an appliance parts store. Start with this fix.

If still no heat take out the ignitor assembly, located in the front, lower left. It is attached to the base of the dryer by 3 screws, the gas feed and two electrical wires with removable metal attachments (note which attachment goes where). The entire assembly will come out and the ingitor is attached to the front end. I took mine to the appliance parts store and it tested OK so it was the fuse. The owner helped me locate the fuse and suggested I try this first. The ignitor coil is about $25.00.

Both of these were easy enough for a novice (like me) to do. It saved a lot of money.

While the dryer was open I vacuumed out all the dust and lint and checked the integrity of the belt.

Good luck.

Posted on Oct 07, 2008

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SOURCE: Kenmore Gas dryer Model# 11070202990 will not heat

The number one problema with a gas dryer is usually those intermittant solenoids mounted on the gas valve. If you have no igniton then the first thing I would look for is a blown duct fuse. Mounted on the back side of the dryer on the filter housing near the blower it looks like this:
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Posted on Mar 11, 2009

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SOURCE: dryer will not heat

The answer is no, you do not have a pilot light. What you have is an electronic ignition which is faulty. Call in a repairman and you will be back up and running in no time.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: my dryer spins but there is no heat coming out. Is

Most modern appliances (especially gas dryers) do not have a pilot. These applainces use a pilot-less burner assembly that has an electric igniter. It is designed this way to prevent free-flowing gas from filling up the appliance cabinet without ignition. Such a condition could cause an explosion. The way the ignition system in most of today’s appliances work is like this:

1. Press the start button.

2. The igniter on the burner assembly begins to glow.

3. Once the igniter reaches the required current potential, the gas safety valve opens.

4. Gas is introduced into the manifold and you have ignition.

NOTE: It can take roughly 30 – 90 seconds from the time you press start to the time it takes for the gas to ignite.

If you are having problems with ignition, it may be something as simple as a bad igniter. Just because an igniter glows, does not necessarily mean it is good. They do become weak with age and if they do not draw the required current potential, they will not allow the gas safety valve to open. There are two basic types of igniters:

Carborundum (Cylindrical in shape) – needs to produce 2.5 to 3.0 amps for the gas safety valve to work.

Norton (Rectangular in shape) – needs to produce 3.2 to 3.7 amps for the gas safety valve to work.

NOTE: There is a UNIVERSAL FLAT BAR igniter on the market as well, that can be used as a substitute if the igniter type that came with your range is not available.

If you have questions, or require additional assistance, please post back with a brand name and model number, so that I may be able to assist you better. I hope you find this information helpful.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

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SOURCE: DRYER IS ON, AND SPINNING, BUT WITH NO HEAT. GAS

check the high limit thermostat or thermal fuse. any of these break it will not give power to the selonoids to turn on

Posted on Nov 05, 2009

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