I had to remove my dryer 3feet to install new flooring. When I reconnected everything, the gas valve on the inside of the dryer leaked gas. Is this valve suppossed to be open or closed to run the dryer? My main valve from the line is open.
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Re: Dryer gas valve
The valve should be closed until the coils on the top are energized and opoen the valve check the incomming connection for leaks all gas valve fail safe that is to say they wont fail to the open position.. use some dish soap and water on the piping into the unit and around the valve to find the leak
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I had this problem. If you look at the valve on the plastic water tank,
you will see that those parts are the same. They fit inside the tumble
dryer to shut off the water from flowing onto the floor when the water
tank is removed. The white hollow cylinders in the tumble dryer and the
water tank push each other open. If you study the water valve on the
tank you will see how it is put together. It is all held in place by a
little 9mm O ring at the back of the valve. The ring gets tired after a
while and pops off. The valve then falls apart and you find the
cylinder and spring on the floor and the O ring still inside the dryer.
I bought an O ring kit and reassembled the valve inside the dryer using
a new ring. You will have to pull the dryer out, turn it upside down
and remove the floor to do this
I was having similar symptoms and have finally solved my issue.
We noticed that clothes weren't drying as well as they use to...when using sensor dry they would come out slightly damp (just barely). Intermittently we would smell natural gas in the laundry room. After reading numerous forum posts, I decided to swap out the main control board because many people said changing the ignitor and gas valve didn't fix the problem. I thought that I had fixed the problem as we didn't smell gas for a few weeks.
Well, the problem did come back a few weeks later. I ordered a gas valve thinking that was the most likely culprit. The swap out that part I had to remove the drum which exposed everything in the dryer nicely. It turns out the exhaust tube had dislodged internally and a decent amount of lint was being blown inside the machine. Lint was everywhere.
The lint had built up inside the gas tube and must have caused turbulence in the gas flow which prevented it from lighting properly. I cleaned everything up, reconnected the exhaust tubing and taped it securely before putting everything back together. I didn't replace the gas valve as the original one ohmed out properly. The dryer has been working like new for several weeks now.
In most gas dryer installations, a local shut-off valve is required. This means that behind the dryer, there should be a shut-off valve JUST for the dryer. Now that you have the machine unplugged, slide it forward a little... not too much ...be careful of the gas connection. There should be a gas shutoff valve . For gas valves, when the handle is in line with the gas line (when the handle is parallel to the pipe or flex line, that means that the valve is open and gas can flow thru. IF THE HANDLE is at a 90 degree angle from the pipe, or flex, it's off. Once the gas valve behind the dryer is off, you can disconnect the dryrer's gas line without shutting the gas off to the rest of your home. That way you'll not need to relight the pilot on the water heater... K
Just turn off the water, remove the hoses and unplug it, then bring it out away from the wall. You should be able to tilt the machine and see it from underneath to detect the source of the leak. Also, find how to remove the front of the washer without dimantling the machine and run it without the front panel on there. That is the best way to track down your leak. It could be a seal under the tub, a hose coming from the tub to the pressure valve, a hose from the water pump or the pump itself. The pump is at the bottom, so it will get wet regardless of where it is leaking from. Make sure you dry out everything before you start to look for the leak.
The main valve in the burner may be leaking a little--if so, the valve assembly will need to be replaced. Did the repairman detect any gas as the home inspector did? Make sure the machine is level and does not rock in any direction that might fracture or loosen the incoming gas line. Have the gas supply company check for leak.
Ignore gas references if electric dryer. Unplug dryer and shut off gas. Disconnect gas line. Tip dryer onto its front. Remove back panel. Unscrew and remove inside back manifold. Place belt around drum and fit into pulley wheel(s) on motor shaft. (There may be a spring loaded tension arm on one of the wheels. Install the belt on it so that it pulls the belt tight around the drum and pulleys.) Check friction gasket (that the drum rotates on) on manifold and replace it if worn thin. Install manifold. Install back panel. Reconnect power and gas.
If the glow bar is cycling off and on the glow bar works and the black box on the side of the vent are working, Either there is no gas to the dryer, doubltful but something to check or, You need a gas valve.
I would check for gas first, do you have other gas appliances? and all are functioning properly? Check the gas line and make sure someone hasnt accidently turned off the gas. If it is none of these you need a gas valve.
Go to repairclinic.com or partselect.com with your Sp Q model number, or the part number off the gas valve, it could be a five digit 58**** or 51***** number. Get you best price. Im guessing 80 to 100 Amercian
When replacing the gas valve, unplug the dryer first, turn off the gas, remove the front panel, two screws lower front panel, you will need a crescent wrench for gas line of side and a 5/16 nut driver remove wires. Now remove the orfice from the old gas valve and make sure you install it on the new valve. Is this a Natural Gas or LP Gas dryer?, If it is LP make sure you make the conversion to LP. Ask if you have more questions on this.
install gas valve, tighten gas line turn gas on check for leaks! with a bubble solution, start dryer and make sure dryer works properly.