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Clothes won't dry, works sometime.

I have a Maytag LDG7314AAE dryer that is not drying clothes. The heater element was old so I replaced it first. Observing the ignition cycle, there was a click and the igniter lit up and after a few seconds went out, failing to ignite the gas. There was never another click for the gas as I had heard when the dryer was working. It appears that something is not telling the gas to come on, would that be a sensor or control problem?

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  • danddparker Jun 11, 2009

    The secondary coil measured irratic with ohm meter. Replaced both coils, they came as a package from the appliance store. Easy repair. Thanks

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Either a bad flame sensor or bad coils on the gas valve assembly.

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