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Kenmore gas dryer igniting problem

My gas dryer was not working so I pulled it apart and replaced the mantel. Now monitoring it, it will ignite but does not stay lit. I am wondering if there is a oxygen sensor or somthing that needs help. I can see it lite though the access hole but it does not always lite some times I have to reset the dryer in order to get it to light again. I have also cleaned everything out all the lint to get good flow.

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  • Westurn Feb 13, 2008

    what does the flame sensor look like and where is it located. is it right next to the mantle or further down the line?

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Check the flame sensor. it could be the problem since it would ignite first then if the flame sensor is mal functioning, it would indicate a "no flame" signal that would cut off the fuel solenoid. then it would shut it off.

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  • francis rivero Feb 13, 2008

    a flame sensor is something that has a glass on it or an opening to monitor if there is flame. it is usually located in front of the burner to monitor if flame is present. check your wiring diagram, it could be indicated there.

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