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Dryer not heating

Dryer heats for a short period then quits. I have cleaned all the lint out of all the locations. I have good air flow coming all the way out to the outside vent. All the thermostats check out ok with a ohm meter. After watching the unit in operation, I notice that the ignitor initially glows red and the flame fires. The flame will shut off after a while. The ignitor then glows again but the flame fails to fire. This cylce continues without the flame ever starting again. If I turn off the dryer for about ten minutes, the flame will turn again and the cylce repeats. Also, the timer in automatic mode it does not advance, but it will in the time dry mode. Thanks in advance

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  • odess Oct 01, 2007

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    Amana model # ALG643RBW

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Odess, sounds like you need a new set of coils for the valve. Easy job. Remove the bottom access panel and you will see the gas valve. Remove the top screws from the coils and the coils will lift off and then unplug the harnesses. Install the new coils. Part number for your coils is 12001349. Price about 18.00 Check them out at repairclinic.com This should take care of your heating issues. Catriver.

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