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Ignitor glows for about 6-8 seconds, then goes out without igniting anything. However, if it "rests" for a long enough time, it will ignite and the flame appears briefly in the heat box. Could it be a bad coil?

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  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Hi Vic, and thank you for your help. It is a 2000 year Whirlpool Gas Dryer, Model Number LGR4634JQO, Serial Number MK2813979.

    I had replaced a gas coil valve back in September 2006. Is it normal for them to go bad this soon?

    Symptoms appear to be the same as back then: Ignitor glows for 6-8 seconds without igniting anything, although if it sits long enough, sometimes it will ignite and you can see the glow in the heat box, which only lasts for about a minute. But it sounds like it wants to kick on (a cycling type sound).

    Thank you again,
    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Vic, yes, any assistance with replacing these is appreciated. For the life of me, can't remember how I did it back in 06'.

    Thanks again,
    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Thank you Vic for the assistance. It is much appreciated. Have a great evening,

    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Hi Vic, I did have one last question. How will I know which coil to replace (the 3 or 2 terminal).

    When I looked at the parts on line, it indicated that the 3 terminal was for "3 Terminal, 60 hz. Pilot Position", which the 2 terminal was for "2 Terminal, 60 hz., Main".

    Sorry to ask another question...just wasn't sure if they both need replaced or just one.

    Thank you again,
    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Hi Vic, I did have one last question. How will I know which coil to replace (the 3 or 2 terminal).

    When I looked at the parts on line, it indicated that the 3 terminal was for "3 Terminal, 60 hz. Pilot Position", which the 2 terminal was for "2 Terminal, 60 hz., Main".

    Sorry to ask another question...just wasn't sure if they both need replaced or just one.

    Thank you again,
    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Thanks Vic. That makes good sense so I don't have to repeat this exercise again. Murphy's Law!

    Take care,
    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Will do Vic. Thanks for the heads up!

    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Will do Vic. Thanks for the heads up!

    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Hi Vic:

    Thanks again for all the great info. I saw the sleeve on the 3 wire coil, and made sure that went back on. The 2 wire coil did not have a sleeve. Is that correct?

    Thank you,
    Larry

  • lem_adm Jul 15, 2009

    Thanks again Vic. My wife is happily drying clothes again!

    Have a great evening,
    Larry

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It does sound like you will need to change the coils on yop of the gas valve. If you need insturction on how to get to the coils, please get me a make/model # so I can look this up and assist you.

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Vic

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    Victor Jul 15, 2009

    Larry, here are the instructions.
    UNPLUG the dryer. This model you need to remove the two screws under the lint screen. Now use a flat blade screw drive and insert it in the gap between the top and the front panel and pry the top up. Now locate and remove the screws on the inside of the front panel in upper corners. The front should lift off. You will see the two black coils on the gas valve. When you remove the three wire coil, make sure the sleeve inside it gets put back on the post the coils slides onto.

    If I can assist you further, please let me know.



    Thanks

    Vic

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    Victor Jul 15, 2009

    Larry, Change them both. They come together anyways.

    Don't worry about to many questions, you need to be sure so ask away...........

    Vic

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    Victor Jul 15, 2009

    Larry, Make sure the little sleeve inside the 3 wire coil gets put back on the gas valve post before you put the coil on. Sometimes it will slide off with the old coil. Very important.



    Vic

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    Victor Jul 15, 2009

    Hi Larry,

    Yes, All is good......... Glad I could help.



    Vic

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