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Re: no heat when the drier is turned on
It appears your ignitor or gas valve has failed in this instance.
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Sounds like a bad igniter (cause's a spark that inturn lights the burner) if when you start the drier does it make a ticking sound, if not, replace the igniter, if it does then it may be a bad gas valve, not releasing gas, if so, replace the gas valve. Or it could a bad switch not allowing power to get to your componets. if so replace the start switch.
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If yours is a high-efficiency furnace, you should hear the stack blower start running when your thermostat calls for heat. Next, the igniter should start to glow and remain glowing until the thermocouple opens the gas valve and allows gas to flow to the main burner. The main burner lights and burns until sufficient heat is generated for the main blower to turn on and blow warm air through your house. If any action does not occur in the order described, repairs are in order.
If the stack blower (fan) does not start when you select heat, the fan control may be defective. If the igniter does not heat up long enough to cause the thermocouple to open the gas valve and fire the burner, the igniter is defective. If the igniter heats long enough but the burner doesn't fire up, the thermocouple is defective.
If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heatingthe most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glowssometimes it is still not working properly.
if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip....
If you have an electric dryer, you can have many differentthings that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat.
check outthis electric no heat tip...
most gas dryers will have a problem with the 2 coils on top of the valve. when these coils are weak or going bad, it will heat for a short while then no heat at all. if you let the unit set for an hour or 2, it will heat again for a short peroid. the coils are easy to replace, but do get both of them.
your element on the electric drier has burnt out and will need replacement. This element is usually located at the bottom left or right side of the drier. It will need to have the back removed to get to it.
Take model and serial #'s to a parts house for proper replacement
Make sure a back draft in the flue is not happening. Wind can blow it out until the flue heats up. The flame sensor may not be close enough to the burner flame. It may be weak and need to be replaced or if its an optical one it may be dirty and not see the flame very well. Its not wasting much gas but it puts extra wear and tear on the gas controls, is noisy, and, as you said, blows cold drafty air. A gas control system that has issues of any kind is not real safe. It needs to get fixed.
If in fact you have the above listed furnace, you do not have a pilot but electronic ignition. You will need to remove the front cover on the furnace, tape down the door safety switch and then have someone help you by turning up your thermostat to a very high setting. Watch and listen inside the furnace. There should be some blinking going on at the control board followed by a small blower fan starting up. Then after 10-15 seconds there should be a click followed by an orange glow viewed thru the viewing window to the burner section. In a few seconds the gas valve should click and the burners will ignite. There is a safety switch that will sense flame and then keep the gas going to the burners. If it does not sense it, it will shut it off within 10 seconds. If all is well so far, your blower will turn on in about 90 seconds after flame. There is a diagnostic code chart on the back side of the access door if you get an error code (blinking) on the control board.
Always check little things like air filter, condensate drain and broken or loose wires.
Okay, I think we need to back up a bit here. I need to know, first, if the dryer ignites. This is a GAS dryer, correct? I need to know if the igniter is glowing, and if you can hear the gas start flowing when you have ignition. If not, this could be a simple igniter or gas coil problem. If there is ignition and the drum is turning, do you have air flow coming out of the dryer vent exhaust? If there is air flow, you cannot possibly have a blower wheel problem. We need to rule out some possibilities before we start disassembling the dryer. I'm a bit miffed as to why someone would tell you that the motor was the problem. Since I was not there, I need to know as many symptoms that you can provide, so I can give you with a correct assessment.