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I have a Neptune Gas Dryer MDG300AW and the flame goes out.

I have a Neptune Gas Dryer MDG300AW and the flame does not stay on. The cloths are not drying in the normal amount of time. I have made sure all the vents are clean, including the front one at the door and the exhaust vent. I took the front door off. I started the dryer by pushing the Door button. The electric starter came on and was red hot for about 15 sections before the flame started. The flame then stayed on for 1 minute and 40 seconds and then it went out. I kept the button pressed to keep drying running. The lighter came back on about 1 minute and 30 seconds after the flame went out the first time and then flame did light but only stayed on for about 15 seconds. Should the flame not stay on? What should I look at to find the part that is defective.

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Well, first of all, the flame is not supposed to be continuous... it cycles on and off during the dry cycle because it staying on would incinerate your clothing. However, there are magnetic coils that do often go bad and cause the valve to stop opening after the beginning of the cycle... so you get a flame in the beginning, but if you were to sit there for 5 minutes with the dryer running, you would find that the flame stopped lighting completely.

They are pretty easy to replace... you will have to unscrew the little plastic pieces from the inside edge of the door, and unscrew the hinges and remove the door, then pull the front panel off (pull at the top).

Of course... UNPLUG before opening any appliance.

here's a picture of what you are looking for... they are completely outside the gas line, so changing them is very simple and doesn't require any handling of the gas. they are held on with a small metal plate.

http://www.repairclinic.com/SSPartDetail.aspx?s=t-mdg5500-%3d%3dd563888i3479&PartID=3479

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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Thank you very much. The gas valve coils fixed the problem.I purchased them from Repair Clinic, they were delivered, I installed the coils and it worked. Thank You

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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