Igniter only glows on permanent press cycle and not timed cycles
The glow bar on my dryer only seems to energized through the permanent press cycle and not on the regular timed cycles. Lately it only ocassionally works on permanent press. It seems like it works fine as long as the glow bar is energized, but what ever sends the signal to energize the glow bar is intermitent. Anybody know what part I need to replace? The dryer is a Hotpoint gas model # DLL1550RAL
Re: igniter only glows on permanent press cycle and not...
I unplugged the ignitor and put the leads from my multi meter into the plug to monitor the signal to the ingnitor. I got 120 volts only when I turned the timer switch counter clockwise or to the permanent press cycle. When I turned the switch clockwise or to the timed cycle I wouldn't get the voltage to the ignitor. While in the timed cycle, I turned the switch counter clockwise and as I started counter clockwise pressure on the switch knob I got 120 volts to the ignitor. There is a little play in the switch and when taking up the play in the counter clockwise direction the switch would engize the ignitor. The timer switch is bad.
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Hello. You might have defective valve coils not allowing the gas valve to open. Check to see if you have 120v at the coils. The valve assembly is nothing more than an electromagnet. When the coils are energized, they make a spring-loaded plunger withdraw, allowing gas to pass. After the current is shut off, the springs force the plunger to close off again--just like the coil of wire around a nail(battery powered when you were a kid) and you could pick up small objects magnetically. HOWEVER, you also say that the ignitor glows "bright red"--how old is the dryer? The ignitor usually glows a VERY bright orange--so brightly that you almost can't look at it! A classic symptom of a worn out ignitor is that the center glows but the rest of the glow bar doesn't. If you have an ammeter(meter that checks amperage(current), you should measure about 4 amps +/- on one of the wires going to the glow bar. There is also a flame sensor that will allow the valve to open when it senses a bright enough glow from the glow bar. If you are unsure how to check any of these devices, PLEASE call for a svc tech. I hope I gave you some insight and helped you! And yes, I'm an appliance tech.
gas coil condensors may not be working properly as they set the gas pressure needed to keep flame going hot. can check them with a multi meter however if flames stays on you may want to check the venting system first u might be surprised bad venting can slow down drying. check in machine and at exhaust to home. Again Each time you see the glow bar igniter come on it should ignite the gas burner. If you find the glow bar igniter glowing red for a short time and then fading off without any burner ignition would indicate weak solenoid coils. The coils are mounted on top of the gas valve and they both will need to be removed and replaced. In order to access the solenoid coils will require removing the lint filter, removing the two screws which was hidden by the lint filter and raising the top and removing the front panel.
Hello there when a gas dryer will not heat up properly there can be several different reasons i will try to explain them here for you ok No heatIf your dryer doesn't heat, check these:IgniterGas
fuseIgniterModern gas dryers use an electric igniter to
ignite the gas from the gas valve. When it's working properly, the
igniter glows bright orange. When it burns out, the dryer tumbles but
there's no heat because the gas can't ignite. When the igniter burns
out, you need to replace it. If the igniter is held by a tension
bracket, you very well may need to replace the bracket too. The igniter is inside the dryer housing, near the
bottom front, usually in a cone-shaped metal tube (the force cone). It's
about 2 inches long. It's mounted to the far end of the burner tube,
and it has two wires attached to it--or to the tension bracket, if
there is one.Gas valve coilsWatch the igniter. Does it glow bright orange,
then shut off without igniting the gas? (When the gas ignites there's a
large blue flame.) If so, there may be defective coils on the gas valve.
Mounted on the top of modern gas valves, there are black electrical
coils. The coils, when energized, open the gas valve. If one or more of
the coils are defective, the valve doesn't open and the gas cannot
ignite. Because it's often difficult to properly test the coils, it's
usually best to replace both (all) of them at the same time. Thermal fuseOn many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a
heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the
exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch
long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white
plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When
this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work
at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing
the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this
type of fuse.)
igniter. Does it glow bright orange, then shut off without igniting the
gas? (When the gas ignites there's a large blue flame.) If so, there
may be defective coils on the gas valve. Mounted on the top of modern
gas valves, there are black electrical coils. The coils, when
energized, open the gas valve. If one or more of the coils are
defective, the valve doesn't open and the gas cannot ignite. Because
it's often difficult to properly test the coils, it's usually best to
replace both (all) of them at the same time.
Hi, first thing to check is the venting. If the vent is plugged, it will cause the heat to short cycle. If later in the cycle, the ignitor glows but will not ignite the gas, you will need to change the coils on top the gas valve. This is a common problem. Please let me know if I can assist you further.
You may have a bad heating element,unplug the dryer. you need a 1/4 in socket driver to take off the back panel this will give you access to the guts.If your handy you can buy a new one and replace it.Tell me if you need more help.
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replace the igniter. The ignitor is the most comon problem with gas appliances checking continuity does not tell you if it is bad or not it has to draw a certain amount of amps to open the gas safty valve and the is no safe way to check this on most gas dryers