Only getting limited heat for a Frigidaire FGR211AS1 gas dryer.
We have a Frigidaire FGR211AS1 gas dryer. 2 years ago we had the holding and boosting and secondary heating coils replaced. It worked great until now. As of 2 days ago the dryer will only heat up a little bit. I checked the fuse and the radiant sensor and they have continuity. The glow coil gets red when the dryer is on. It just doesn't get enough heat. It gets some heat -- just not enough (like it used to). The exhaust is clear -- I don't know what else it could be. Any suggestions out there?
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These dryer's have a moister sensor installed into them. The will work great when the exhaust vents are clogged up with lint and keep the heat in check. Since you claim you already checked and seen the venting tubes are clear the moister sensor is not working so the the heat will not get very hot at all. Replace the sensor to get this unit back in working order
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Hello stephaniadel - The gas igniter has to reach a certain intensity before the gas valve will come on. There are two coils that mount to the top of the gas valve which opens and closes the valve. If these coils have failed, the valve will not open, even if the igniter is operating properly. If I was in your position, I would personally recommend connecting with a professional to accurately pinpoint any potentially more serious issues.
What did you do move it from one place to another place? You may have shifted the lint around and cause a limit to get tripped. Here is the manual and more
A gas dryer has a burner assembly consisting of an ignitor, 2 coils, and a flame sensor. The ignitor does 2 functions. It lights the fire and confirms the fire is on like a thermocouple. When it is heated it holds in the coil. If the glowbar is not lit then the coils will not open. The ignitor must be heated to allow that. So if the ignitor and flame sensor is fine and the dryer works when cool but stops heating when hot I would say you need to replace the solenoids.
My guess is you probably got some lint on the ignitor and cause a burnout or a limit to trip. If you don't hear the clicking associated with the ignitor heating up and the flame sensor kicking it off then I would check to see if maybe a limit was tripped. On gas dryers when the limit trips the dryer will operate but simply will not heat up. I have a full page with service manual included HERE
1. Gas valve coils
Igniter glows, then shuts off without igniting gas - the problem is
probably with defective coils (black, located on top of the gas
valve). It is recommended to replace all coils (usually two or
three) if found defective.
Note: Sometimes the whole gas valve may be defective, thus not
letting the gas out. However, this problem is not common.
2. Thermal fuse
Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer
overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or
stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the
dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a
meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not
broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.
Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a
hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.
Igniter may burn out or break. Replace the igniter if found
Note: Igniters are very fragile and break easily. It is recommended
to handle the igniter only touching the ceramic part of it (usually
white in color).
4. Flame sensor (or radiant heat sensor)
Replace the sensor (located near the igniter) if found defective.
These units have a limit switch is located near the burner compartment. It is about the size of a dime or penny with 2 wires going to it. In between the wires, there is a small button that you can depress firmly. This should reset the limit. If it trips again, you will need to replace the limit switch. Hope this helps.
There are 2 house fuses in the dryer circuit. If 1 of the 2 fuses is blown, the drum may turn but the heater will not operate. Gas supply valve is not open (gas models). Dryer does not have anough air supply to support the burner flame (gas models). LP gas supply tank is empty or there has been a utility interruption of natural gas (gas models).Replace fuse. Check to make sure supply valve is open. See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for procedure. See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. Refill or replace tank. Dryer should heat when utility service is restored