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Does it have a pilot light? the flame does not come on anymore

It is a gas dryer
does it have a pilot light?
the flame does not come on anymore

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Gas dryers do not have a pilot light. They usually use a glow-bar type igniter which is located on the burner assembly. It usually takes about 30-90 seconds for the gas to ignite on these dryers. The reason for the delay is because the burner assembly is equipped with a gas safety valve that prevents free flowing gas from entering the appliance cabinet without ignition. The following link explains:

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

The link is for a gas range, but the principle of operation and the type of igniters used is still the same. The igniter is the more common failure when it comes to gas ignition problems. More than likely you have an igniter that has become weak and needs to be replaced. Just because an igniter glows, does not mean it is good. It should only take about 90 seconds or less for the oven to ignite. If you've been experiencing longer ignition times, this could be the case.

Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions. Please post a complete brand name and model number as this will help in providing directions on how to access the dryer interior. I hope this helps you solve your problem.

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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