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Whirlpool GW9200L Gas dryer

When I press the start button the display shows 2 dashes and the dryer does nothing.

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  • krossiter Jan 13, 2008

    I just tried the dryer in all the auto and manual option modes. It will work in delicate mode but no others. The switch turns the light on and off when operated with the door or if I press it manually. When in the delicate mode it will turn on and off properly when the door is opened and closed. Do you still think it's the switch? I'll try what you advised next.

  • krossiter Jan 13, 2008

    I just got back home and will look for the tech sheet. You can send the PDF to


  • krossiter Jan 14, 2008

    I took everything apart and found the tech sheet. Put it in diagnostic mode. had 88 on the screen. When I open the door I get a beep and 39. Tech sheet says I should have a number and letter showing. I close the door , get a beep and back to 88.

    The wet finger test on the sensor gave me a solid beep and 02 on the display.

    Took the sensor harness apart and checked the pin with an ohmmeter. Tested ok. Put it back together tried to run the dryer. No start, pulled the plug apart, tried again and it started. Put the plug back together again and it starts. waited 30 minutes, tried again and it started.

    Manual did not arrive yet as of 8:35 EST.

  • krossiter Jan 15, 2008

    I received the manual. I'll go with replacing the control panel first. Thanks for all your help. Ken

  • krossiter Jan 22, 2008

    Thanks for checking back. Since I put everything back together it has been working 9 out of 10 times. The one time that it does not work we open the door and close it then it works. I'll hold off on replacing parts until it gets worse.



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The first thing to check is the door switch. It is a pretty common failure I am running into lately.
Post back with any questions.

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    Michael Lindley Jan 13, 2008

    You can remove the lower front cover of the dryer and get the techsheet out. There is a diagnostic mode you can put the machine into that will help in narrowing down the problem. If it is the door switch as I think it is here is how you replace it.

    Unplug the dryer.
    The door switch will pop out from the front. I use my knife blade to pry out on the right side of the switch and roll the switch out.
    There may or may not be enough slack in the wires for you to be able to get them hooked to the new switch. I am usually able to grab the wires with some needle nose pliers just behind the connectors and pull enough slack to plug the switch in.
    If they are too short you will have to remove the top and console to reconnect them after you put the new switch in.
    Remove the screws at the rear of the top and it will slide back and lift up.
    Remove the screws holding the support that runs from the console to the rear of the cabinet. Slide it off the console and let it rest on the drum.
    You will see two screws holding the console to the cabinet from the inside of the machine. Remove them and the console will slide up and off. You should have enough slack in tke wires to set the console on the drum. From this point you should be able to reach the wires on the door switch.
    Post back if you have any trouble or questions.

  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Jan 13, 2008

    If the dryer will run in delicate mode then it probably is not the switch. There are 2 contacts in the switch, one for the light, one that tells the control the door is closed. The light may work ok but the contact for the door sensor circuit be bad. If the door switch is bad it should not work in delicate mode. I now believe you have a control problem or user interface problem.

    I told you wrong on the location of the tech sheet. It is located under the top of the dryer on the right side panel as you are facing it. Get it out and follow the diagnostic mode instructions. I have a complete repair manual in PDF format I can send you if you post an email address.


  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Jan 13, 2008

    I have sent the manual. It took awhile on my dial-up. Let me know it comes through ok.


  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Jan 14, 2008

    The manual is a large file. Took over 2 hrs to send. I will try sending it again when I get in from work tonight.


  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Jan 15, 2008

    I sent the manual again last night.

    I think your problem is in the control panel. The moisture sensor should not keep the machine from starting or cause dashes to appear in the display, and any problem with the moisture sensor should have affected the delicate cycle as well.

    If you have read and went over the tech sheet diagnostics, you see that your symptoms don't lead to a clear cut diagnosis.

    If I were working on one doing the same thing, I would reccommend replacing the control panel first. Mainly because I have had more failures with control panels than I have with main boards on these dryers.

    Let me know the manual comes through. I sent it to in a .zip file.


  • Michael  Lindley
    Michael Lindley Jan 21, 2008


    just wanted to follow up and see if you have dryer fixed.




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