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Dryer starts and flame lights then shuts off. How do I test the flame sensor or something else?

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If the flame is lighting and shuts off after a while this is normal,if you hear a click and then another click and it relights again that's normal,if the flame goes out right away you could have bad gas coils located on the top of the gas valve or you need to clean out the dryer,if there's any kind of blockage from lint buildup the air can't move the thermostats don't work correctly and the flame goes out,you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,vac out the area where the motor is and clean out the gas tube and if the vent line is long remove it from the back of the dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower,make sure the outside vent is clear before you blow it out,also you can try to run the dryer with the vent line off to see if it changes the flame,but if the duct is clogged it might not chnage anything,also on the blower wheel housing,i've found dust and lint stuck on the thermostats,the part that's inside the blower wheel housing and that affects how the thermostats run,and next time send the model number and brand name,let me know what you find

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  • Sal DeAngelo Sep 04, 2010

    sorry you sent number,last person didn't and i got you mixed up with them ha,have a nice day

  • dshuster2000 Sep 05, 2010

    Hi Daniel,

    Your answer helped me to figure out that the blower fan was stripped. I guess that the lack of draft for the gas flame caused a protection sensor to shut off the gas.

    Thank you,

    Dale

  • Sal DeAngelo Sep 05, 2010

    there's no sensors to do that, must of been just bad air flow,usually you'll see the flame getting pulled back into the gas tube,that had to get loud at some point,when i go in and find a damaged blower wheel it's very noisy,

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If your dryer is not heating, then check if the power cord is plugged into the wall. It may be loose or disconnected. Inspect the fuses and circuit breakers they may have burned out or tripped. Usually, dryer will still tumble but not create heat if a fuse or a circuit breaker is not working. Now, check whether the heating element in your gas dryer is burned out by using an ohm meter to check for continuity. If the continuity is not there then you would need to replace the element. After checking the element, check out the thermal fuse to see if it's burned out. The thermal fuse is attached to the exhaust duct on the back panel of the gas dryer. It's usually surrounded by a black resin material situated in a housing made of white plastic. If the fuse looks like it's blown, then it needs to be replaced.
Now, check the igniter, there is a plastic connector attaching the igniter to the burner. Disconnect this and place the probes onto the two contacts of the igniter. The meter should read under 100 Ohms of resistance. If the reading is above 100 ohms then igniter is bad. If the igniter passes the test then you need to test continuity on the flame sensor. You should have continuity between the two contacts. Use a multimeter to check the continuity at the flame sensor. If not, then you need to replace the flame sensor. The sensors are usually located close by the igniter so are easily visible. Post back in case further assistance is required. Hope this helps...
Daniel

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