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Gas burner doesnt ignite somtimes

The plug glows, but half the time the gas wont ignite.

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  • franklc01 Sep 18, 2008

    Gas dryer runs but doesn't heat up every time. No lint in trap or in exhaust pipe. Can't hear the burner ignite.

  • billt456 Sep 21, 2008

    gtube glows but nothing ignites

  • jerryjj Oct 05, 2008

    My MAYTAG coin dryer MDG16CSBWW is starting as normal but after 20 - 30 second the gas flame goes off - the drum is still going and it looks like everything is OK but heat is not working.



    Replaced new main gas valve with both coils and same problem, replaced both sensors on the heating chamber and same problem --- running out of options --- can anybody help ---- what can it be ??????

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2009

    Maytag gas dryer...coils replaced, but burner ignites and stays on for a little while then goes off. Clothes aren't drying. Any suggestions?

  • mikemcl2 May 11, 2010

    I have the same problem with my Maytag driver, but I hear a squeeking noise just when the igniter glows red. Would a faulty gas coil cause that noise or is something else wrong.

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Time to replace your gas coils. those are the two round things on the gas valve. chances are the dryer ignites when first started but as the dryer heats up the coils fail and as it cools again the coils work again. make sure you replace both coils

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