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Where is the pilot light on an older model kenmore gas dryer  model # 77974110

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I have a kemore gas dryer model11097282100 about a1993
and it no longer will heat. the drum goes but does not heat.I can,t even figure out how to take off the front if any replacement is needed
Please help,deb

Posted on May 06, 2008

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Re: kenmore gas dryer

That model does not have a pilot light.  It has an electronic ignitor.  If it is not igniting, either the igniter is not getting a signal to ignite, the igniter is burned out, or the gas solenoid is broken.  Probably the igniter is burned out.  It is item number 3018 at

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