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The ignitor on my kenmore dryer

It glows real bright and then it cools down without lighting the dryer. It works when you first start the dryer and then it quits

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    I want to thank tzweeb, I'm sorry it took so long. I didn't have the money to get the part, when I did, you were right it was easy.

    thank-you and God Bless Marlene

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Sounds like you have weak gas valve coils. they do fail this way and are pretty easy to replace. there are 2 coils mounted on the top of the gas valve and you want to replace both of them. they should cost about 30-50 bucks.

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The igniter glow bar gets bright and hot on the first burn in the drying cycle, however on subsequent urns it doesn't glow bright or long enough to ignite. What's up?


The ignitor is either going to be good or bad. If it fires off it is fine and if it is shutting down then the flame sensor is also working. That tells me your coils are weak and old.
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Here is how it works and why I believe you need to get new coils: When the dryer is cool first thing in the morning the initial start up the fuse and control besidethemobilian_2632.jpg
it allow power to the gas assembly, the flame detector/sensor allows power to get to the ignitor and it begins to glow. 1800 degrees is what that baby puts out and at that point the flame sensor bi-metal bends and shuts down the ignitor. The holding coil and secondary coil will then have enough power partially because the ignitor is off and partially because the ignitor is now acting as a thermocouple. If for some reason the gas did not ignite then the ignitor would cool down and shut off the gas. themobilian_2633.jpg
When the temp inside the drum gets to 160f that control beside the fuse shuts off the gas assembly, IF it don't shut down the gas then that fuse melts and shuts down the power to the gas assembly but it doe not shut down the dryer. The fuse is good though because you are getting power to the gas assembly AND the gas assembly is shutting down at 160f. The dryer keeps a tumbling around till the temp in the drum drops to 105f at that time the dryer wants another blast of hot air, trouble is the coils have gotten hot now, the ignitor is doing its thang, the flame sensor is doing its thang, the control is doing its thang. The only thing that ain't happening now is the coils ain't allowing gas to come out. Replace the coils and party on! More here
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Hi, I have a Kenmore gas dryer model 417. I can't


Sounds like the coils on the gas valve are bad.

May 26, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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Kenmore series 500 gas dryer not heating up. model # 77542600 Other than the ignitor what could be the problem?


Check the coils on gas valve. If igniter glows bright & no CLICK sound heard after a few seconds of igniter glowing, coils are bad, or flame sensor if so equiped

Feb 13, 2011 | Kenmore 500 6952 Dryer

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The gas drier takes 2 or 3 times to dry everything works fine but wont get real hot


there should be a an opening on the front panel or a piece of plastic that you can pop off to see the ignitor.start the dryer and while your clothes are drying after around 20 to 30 minutes look in the hole and see if the flame is lighting or is the ignitor just glowing and then it goes out without the flame lighting.if this is what's happening and sounds like it is you have bad gas coils.they will work until they heat up and then they fail,when they cool down they will work again for like 20 minutes and then shut down again.this is an easy fix,just take out the two phillips screws that hold the coils down on top of the gas valve,remove the cover and change out the coils.let me know what you find

Aug 19, 2010 | Dryers

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Dear Sir/Madam: I was reading some instruction online on how to troubleshoot a gas dryer and I got confused on two items about the flame/radiant sensor operations. One described it as light sensor and it...


If your dryer is not lighting you should first ck to see if the ignitor is glowing if it is there is a heat sensor looks like a big wire 1/8th inch around that is near the ignitor that senses the heat and then the gas valve kicks on. There should be an access plate to see the glowing ignitor with it all hooked up. If you are set on cking it without hooking it up to the gas put your hand on the gas valve and when the ignitor heats up and the sensor tells the gas valve to turn on you will feel a click. The normal problem is a bad ignitor. If its the glow type its obviouse if its the sparking type you will hear it popping if its working. I believe yours is a glow type. good luck

Aug 16, 2010 | Dryers

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This is the closest model # I could find but I have a gas dryer model TGDX640EQO and it doesn't heat up but does tumble. My husband thinks it is the ignitor, how would you determine that?


First clean all the dust and lint from around the burner and its components, including the sensor which 'tells' the dryer that the ignitor is on or the burner is lit.

There are two different types of ignitors. The most common glows a bright red to light the burner. The other gives off a series of sparks.

In either case, a visual examination should tell you whether the ignitor is working. Before you start the dryer, remove the burner access panel. Have someone start the dryer while you look into the burner unit to see if you see the 'glow plug' or the 'sparker' trying to light the burner. If not, the ignitor is probably bad.

If the ignitor is not the problem, look for dirty or defective sensors that will keep the burner from coming on. If these sensors do not sense the light given off by the ignitor, for safety reasons the burner will not come on.

Hope this was helpful.

Oct 10, 2009 | Estate TGDX640JQ Gas Dryer

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FLAME ON SART UP NONE AFTER


Replace the gas valve coils if the ignitor glows but does not light. Replace the flame sensor if the ignitor does not glow.

Aug 29, 2009 | Kenmore 73952 Gas Dryer

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Sears kenmore gas dryer 417.92052101does not stay lit.


Watch the burner assembly, shortly after starting the dryer the ignitor should begin to glow. If it glows for several seconds (up to 15 seconds) and then goes out, then the problem is probably the solenoids (coils). If the ignitor glows and stays on, then the problem is usually the flame sensor.

Jul 11, 2009 | Dryers

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How do you light pilot light?


Dryer does not have pilot light.  There is an ignitor that glows when the dryer is started and lights the flame when the gas begins to flow.  With the front of the dryer off start it up and look for the glow. when it glows hot enough (or on a newer model it might be a spark) the gas should ignite.  When the flame sensor sees that the gas is ignited it shuts off the ignitor and keeps the gas valve open until the temperature sensor gets high and shuts it off.  When the temp sensor cools down the cycle repeats.
If no glow or spark-->bad ignitor If no gas flow-->bad flame sensor or bad gas valve coil If gas comes on and goes off quickly-->lint filter and/or vent pipe or outlet may be clogged or bad flame sensor.

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Does the ignition glow when you start the dryer? if so you have power to gas valve and ignition system. if not you may have an open thermostat or thermalfuse.

If the ignitor just sits there and glows all day, you have other problems, It could be a gas valve, or ignitor sensor.





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