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Everything hooked up but smells like gas. Checked line with soapy water mix. No leaks. What's wrong?

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  • mel_15 May 10, 2010

    Thanks for the advice!
    How can you tell if the igniter is bad? Is it like the sound of a grill ignitor, meaning should I hear a click or pop when I turn on the dryer?

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If everything is hooked up and you still smell gas you still have a leak. The gas valve could be letting out gas if the burner is not igniting, however it sounds like you have a small leak on your line which will not be detected by just soapy water. You need to go to a hardware store or a place like home depot and get what's called MegaBubble Leak Detector or a similar brand of leak detector. What this stuff is designed to do is bubble up with massive bubbles where your leak is and it will detect even the smallest leak. If there is no large bubbles there is no leak. Don't be afraid to over do it when putting this stuff on the pipe.

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  • gfeck956 Sep 18, 2010

    This same situation happened on my dryer. It was faulty coils not allowing for proper shut off of the gas. Check the coils for continuity when the machine and the coil is unplugged. If they are okay then turn your attention to the valve itself. If you have a defective valve then that would need replacement.

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