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Gas valves open but gas will not ignite

I have a kenmore gas dryer. The igniter comes on, the valve opens, however the gas does not ignite. There is a strong gas smell inside the dryer and at the vent. I recently replaced the thermostat and coils.

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Nothing to worry about . The problem you had was there was air in the line. Here's how it works. The igniter heats up then the gas valve opens. You had air coming out so it did not light initially . The air was followed by the gas supply but at that point the igniter was already cooling down. When you tried a second time the gas line was purged of all air hence normal operation.
happy drying.
wayne

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Model 110 72712101 kenmore gas dryer will come on run about 2to3 minutes then goes off after a short the glow will come on again but will not relight.


Watch 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. Here is a link to the parts you need.

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Hello there:
If your dryer doesn't heat, check these: IIgniter Modern 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 coils Watch 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 fuse On 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.)

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Smelled mild gas odor after moving dryer. Replaced gas line connection. Still smell gas. Tried to tighten gas line have strong gas odor after running dryer. Does not seem to be heating


The gas valve should not be opening unless the glow igniter glows and sends a signal to the gas valve. I suspect a small leak in either the gas pipe or at the gas valve. You will have to get to the gas valve to perform a leak test. While the dryer is open, replace the igniter.

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If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

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Igniter Modern 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 coils Watch 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 fuse On 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.

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The gas valve coil is bad. When the ignitor is glowing the gas valve should open and allow gas in to be ignited. Change the gas valve.

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That is a sign that the coils that open the gas valve have become weak. The one sitting toward the outside has a 3 wire connector and works with the igniter. When worn out they may open the gas valve for about 3 second or sometimes not at all.If you look inside the door and get me the model number I will get the part number for you. Some people sale a kit of 2 each. Let me know, Sea Breeze

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Chances are your igniter has gone bad. It must pull atleast 3.2 amps to open the gas valve and ignite the gas. A new igniter could probably purchased for 20 or 30 dollars.

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Just because the glow bar igniter comes on, does not mean it good. They typically get weak with age and fail to draw sufficient enough current to open the gas safety valves. That is why you don't smell any gas. This is a designed safety feature of the burner that prevents free flowing gas from escaping before ignition. Otherwise, gas would fill the cabinet and then "phoooooom", a huge flash or explosion when the trapped gas finally ignited. I would recommend you read the following link about glow bar igniters:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r401858-replacing_oven_igniter_gas_range

I know this link is for a gas range, but the igniter types and the principle of operation is the same. If you've had this dryer for a while, I suspect you need a new igniter. Replacements can be ordered on line at searspartsdirect.com. Just type in your complete model number and look under the heading for burner assembly parts. Another cause of failed ignition would be the gas valve coils. There are generally two of them on the burner. One is the main coil, while the other is a pilot position coil. When they go bad, however, they typically make a clattering noise. Let me know if you have similar symptoms.

I hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you have further questions.

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