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Pilot light Can someone help! I can not find where to light the pilot light on my Kenmore 72802 Gas Dryer. There is a square removable cap on the front of the dryer but I'm not sure if this is it. I can't find my manual or instructions for lighting on the web.

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Re: Pilot light

Pilot Light? Are you sure? All the gas dryers I've ever worked on were pilot-less. There should be a glow-type ignitor that heats up when the dryer is turned on. When it reaches a certain current potential a gas valve is opened and the burner ignites. How old is this dryer? Maybe this is something I've never seen before.

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