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We have a Kenmore gas dryer model #76832500. The ignitor glows and the gas will light for a short period of time and then go out. Once the dryer cools down it will light again. Our manual shows there are 2 coils one is a 2 terminal and the other is a 3 terminal. Which one do we need to replace?

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  • Douglas Jensen Aug 29, 2010

    Before you start replacing parts, have you checked the rear outlet of your dryer and your venting for blockage? Also check the outside vent flap. Douglas

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The 3 pin coil is your booster and holding coil and it ignites the 2 pin secondary coil. Is the flame blue or yellow? I would change both. Coils are a lot cheaper than the whole gas valve assembly.
Make sure to check the dryer's airflow. If the dryer is ducted, pull the machine away from the duct and try starting it again. Does the dryer have some sort of electronic control which is sensing an error and terminating the heating circuit? If there is it would be a box type thing located near the gas valve and it would have lights flashing on it. If that's the case, it's a new problem in itself as you would need an error code listing to begin looking.
Assuming air flow is good and gas supply pressure hasn't dropped (also check that gas inlet hose is kink free) and it is the coils that are failing, change both and fix your problem

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