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Dryer not heating

Hello, recently my dryer stopped heating and a tech told me that I needed a new timer which I bought and installed and now it still isn't heating. Everything else works fine, turns on and spins, turns off if you open the door and buzzes when the cycle is done. I looked in the door to the bottom when it is on but there is no flame and the gas is on. This is the DG4000 Maytag dryer, gas.

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  • timnikikuhn Jan 26, 2009

    I have the exact same problem with 2 exceptions... 1. I have an electric dryer and 2. The light only flickers (bulb replaced) when I open the door but stays off.

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It was a voltage problem with mine. My negative power supply at the dryer had come loose... which seems like a dangerous design flaw. I tighted all the 220V wires in the back, and it works perfect. The light bulb works now, but still flickers as the dryers is slightly bumped from unloading clothes. Hope this helps anyone else!

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Do you get a "glow" the glow (orange in color) is for the gas to be ignited. No glow indicates a no voltage problem to the burner or the ignitor is out. Confirm power to the gas valve area 110V usually. If you have voltage the problem is somewhere in the area your in; probably the ignitor.
If you don't have 110 Volts the problem is in the controls. The fuse link, the timer contacts, the centrifugal switch on the motor, and the heater safety thermostat and operating (s), are all suspect and have to be eliminated 1 by 1. Hope this helps. With any luck all you need is a new ignitor. Clean the duct out while replacing the ignitor. Because the main thing that causes ignitor burn out is low air flow. A kinked Dryer vent hose, lint, and plugged up fan on the motor are the 3 main causes of low air flow. If yours has little holes in the inside cabinet these can get clogged with lint also and cause a problem. Hope this helps and please rate me accordingly Thank you and good luck.

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