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Drum turns, but no heat

I'm running out of options. Gas heater cuts off after about 10 minutes. Have thoroughly cleaned all vents (in dryer and out of house). Have replaced both hi-limit (on heating element) and cut-off (on blower) switches with brand new parts. After gas burner stops working, it looks like electric pilot is still cycling on (seeing a slight glow). Hearing a soft clicking noise - not sure if that is pilot starting or valve controlling gas. Any thoughts on what else a DIY could do - or what it might cost to fix this if it's major? Thanks in advance for the help.

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  • samjoeben Oct 29, 2007

    For eggentam - here's a summary of the possible fixes that I got.  Ultimately mine was a faulty valve coil.

    Step 1 - make sure gas is on (e.g. valve not closed)

    Step 2 - make sure vent is clear and not clogged

    Step 3 - does heat come on at beginning, but then turn off and not return?.  If no, heat never comes on - then check out comment by Vish2 above.  Maybe something with pilot.

    Step 4 - Does heat come out at begining, run for 5-10 minutes then cut out - only to work later when the unit has cooled down? If yes, then could be faulty valve coil (Dryer 'M' Valve Coil Set) - $20 for parts and easy to replace.  Take off front of unit, they're on bottom left.

    Step 5 - Does heat come on only to turn off quickly?  If yes, then might be one of two thermostats - the hi-limit (on heating element) and cut-off (on blower) monitor heat levels.  Both about $14 each, easy to replace, take off back of dryer.

    That's the sum total of the fixes I did on mine.  Good luck.



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When I had no heat I changed the thermal fuse. You reach it from the back and is held in by 1 screw. It is a cheap place to start only $13. I also told someone at work with the same problem and it fixed the problem.

Posted on Nov 04, 2007

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Most likely a faulty thermocouple. The gas will get turned off if the themocouple does not sense the pilot light.

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