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Samsung dryer not firing. I have checked the vent and it looks to be clean. i even took the vent off the back of the drier and ran it for a few min in sensor more and dry mode and no fire. Any ideas?

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  • saba_n23 Aug 01, 2010

    my expert has been great so far, but I havent been able to reach him today and I would really like to complete the diagnosis today. I am hoping someone can answer my question on the bottom on how to make the dryer run when its taken apart.

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Definitely get your vacuum cleaner hose and a brush into the area of the pilot light and the thermocouple as a little dust in this area is the most common cause of your problem. J.

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You should check igniter first when the dryer is started. It should glow red hot to ignite the gas. The issue is with the gas valve coils if the igniter glows red hot but no gas is ignited; replace both coils. On the other hand if the igniter fails to glow red hot, check the continuity of the thermal fuse and/or cycling thermostat on the blower housing and the high-limit thermostat on the burner assembly. You can bypass all of them then start the dryer. The burner should fire up then stop the dryer and un-bypass each of them one a time then restart the dryer. In this manner, you will be able to find the culprit. Replace it and the dryer should start firing up and working properly. Do not use the dryer with the previously mentioned components permanently bypassed to avoid fire hazards.

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Posted on Jul 31, 2010

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  • saba_n23 Jul 31, 2010

    Thank you for the response. do you have some images on where these items are and some instructions on how to do these steps. or a phone number that you can walk me through the steps.



    thx

    saba

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Jul 31, 2010

    Remove the top cover by removing the screws attaching it to the dryer back. Slide the top cover towards the rear and lift from unit.


    Remove the screws mounting the Heater PCB Board and disconnect the connectors then remove the screws attaching Console to dryer. Rotate the console down and remove it from dryer.


    Remove the screws attaching the front panel to the dryer cabinet. Remove the screws in the door area then pull the front panel forward and disconnect the interior light harness. Lift the front panel off the three tabs across the bottom and remove.


    You now have access to the parts mentioned in the previous post. Reassemble the dryer in reverse order of the dissasembly procedures.

  • saba_n23 Jul 31, 2010

    thank you for the pics and instructions.. one more question...

    you said

    "On the other hand if the igniter fails to glow red hot, check the continuity of the thermal fuse and/or cycling thermostat on the blower housing and the high-limit thermostat on the burner assembly. You can bypass all of them then start the dryer. " how do i do that? do i just unplug them?



    thx

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Jul 31, 2010

    Simply disconnect the wires connected to the terminals and connect them or connect a jumper wire between the terminals. But never bypass the gas valve coils.

  • saba_n23 Aug 01, 2010

    so i have taken the top and front cover off. the control unit is still attached to the dryer. I am ready to go through your first check to see if the ignitor glows red or not. But when i plugged the dryer in and tried to started, it does not start. it just says do and nothing turns. do i need to bypass something to get it to run?

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 01, 2010

    My apologies for the delayed response due to time zone constraints. The dryer says "do" because the door is off and the door switch is not activated. Simply bypass the door switch and you are good to go. The dryer will start and you'll be able to do the first check.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    Yes, i figured i need to bypass the door issue.. i dont know how. can you please provide some direction.

    thank you

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    Simply jump a wire between the wires connected to the door switch or disconnect the door switch harness and connect the wires.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    its a 3 prong connector that i think manages the door and the light or maybe just the door. which ones do i use to jump the door connection. dont see a way to disconnect it.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    the 3 prong connector has a purple wire on top, blue and yellow in middle and white on bottom.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    ok, figured out a way to get it run. the ignitor is not turning red after about a min. moving to next item on your list.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    ok, so i disconnected one of the thermal fuse and/or cycling thermostat. i am not sure which one. but the one that has a plastic housing and is further back inside the dryer. I took a wire and connected between the blue and red wire. i started the dryer and it runs for a few seconds and then gives me an error on the screen. what am i doing wrong?

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    You have shorted the thermistor and the error appeared because the control detected very low thermistor resistance.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    but i did what you asked me to do. what am i supposed to do now? did i break the thremostat? Please provide a solution in the response rather than just identifying the problem. if i was an electrician or a appliance technician, i wouldnt be on this site asking for questions. It will lessen the email chain.



    thank you.

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    Don't worry, you didn't break anything. Did the dryer fired up prior to the flashing of the code?

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    yes it did. i tried it twice. and it ran twice and then gave the error. So what do i do now? how do i bypass it to test the thermostat.

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    Instead of the thermistor, bypass the other part on the blower housing if the dryer does not fire up prior to the flashing of the code after the thermistor is shorted, that part is the thermal fuse.

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    Then replace that part you shorted including the other one on the blower housing.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    i put the thermistor back and removed the fuse. I bypassed the fuse by using a jumper wire between the two leads. the dryer started but the ignitor does not turn red. Do i understand you correctly that the problem is now with the termistor and the fuse. and that I need to replace both of them?



    thank you

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    can you recommend where I can get the parts? Is there a website I can use?

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    The problem can be either of the thermistor and the thermal fuse or cycling thermostat depending on the model of your dryer but both of them must be replaced since the failure of one is the result of the failure of the other. The parts can be purchased here if your dryer is DV218AG, indicate it otherwise. The parts are item 2-3 and 2-4 in the diagram and part numbers DC32-00007A and DC47-00016A respectively.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    thank you for the detailed reply. I have the parts ordered. stay tuned. hopefully i did everything right.



    thx

  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    You're welcome. Feel free to update us about the development of the troubleshooting and repair.

  • saba_n23 Aug 02, 2010

    DC32-00007A part seems to be out of stock every where. any ideas on where i can get it?



  • Jahn27
    Jahn27 Aug 02, 2010

    It seems available here.

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