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Gas dryer igniter fails to light up, igniter seems OK

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  • sholla6297 Nov 15, 2009

    The dryer had finished one load of clothes, the heating stopped on the second load. When checked, I found the igniter was not even partially glowing, even though it is not broken or any thing. Could it be the igniter & not the gas valve that gone bad?

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Hi,

First thing to check is make sure no one has set the dryer to air dry or fluff. It will not heat on either of these settings. Is the gas turned on to the dryer? Sometimes gas valves are mistaken for water valves and they get turned off during plumbing repairs. Next unplug the dryer and open the door. remove the four screws (2 on either side) of the door opening. Grasp the "goal posts" on either side of the door that makes up the dryer front and pull forward from the top of the front, lift front off from an angle. Close the dryer door. Plug the dryer back in and stand in front ***use caution do not stick hands inside the open cabinet with the dryer plugged in!!!!*** Start the dryer and and watch from the opening and listen. You should hear a click, see a light and then a fire. If you do not see a light the ignitor has likely failed if you see the light but no fire you likely need coils for the gas valve. The ignitor is carbon with a ceramic base and held in with 1 screw and a snap together wiring harness. The coils are the 2 black cylinders on top of the gas valve, 1 wiring harness to each and held in with phillips head screws. Unplug the dryer and turn off the gas to do this repair. the ignitor can either be checked with a ohms meter ($12 at Wal Mart) by touching the two pins coming out of the end of the igniter's harness or look for bubbling on the carbon element - do not touch the carbon end, skin oil will damage it and it is very delicate.To replace the coils disconnect the wiring harness remove the screws and bracket and replace coils. In rare cases one of your thermostats has failed. With the dryer unpluged disconnect wires to the thermostats and check for continuity with the ohms meter (you know your meter is on the correct setting when you touch the black and red leads together and the needle moves or if its digital changes to 0.000). Touch the leads to the terminals on the thermostats across from each other the meter should react as when tested for correct setting. If there is no reaction from the meter that thermostat is bad. In even more rare cases the timer may have failed, if all the thermostats are ok and the ignitor tests ok the timer has failed. If when the dryer front is off all systems appear to be functioning correctly you need to clean out your dryer exhaust completely from the back of the dryer to out of your home and gently wash your lint filter with soap and washer and dry. Good luck with this repair!!!!

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If igniter does provide a good strong spark, check the gas valve to make sure the spring is not worn. Make sure the unit is getting gas. If there is no gas, then the valve may need to be replaced.

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  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Nov 15, 2009

    Either there is not enough gas flow to the igniter, or the igniter itself can also be bad. Even though it sparks to ignite, it has a heated rod inside that keeps the pilot lit. This piece can become dirty, sooted, and coroded and may require cleaning or replacement for best results. You can get parts and manual at repairclinic.com or partselect.com

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