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If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heating the most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glows sometimes it is still not working properly.

if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip....

If you have an electric dryer, you can have many different things that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat.

check out this electric no heat tip...


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I have ran into the flame sensor going out on units causing the same issue. Or it can be the gas coils or ignitor that can be going bad. You may have to take some time and remove the lower front panel and watch the flame and how it cycles. It should cycle on and off to control the temperature inside the unit. Watch the ignition process for at least 5-10 ignitions. If at any time the ignitor glows red and then clicks off. And the gas does not come out to ignite, then you have gas coils going bad.

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Vent Frequently there's an obstruction in the vent duct from the dryer to the outside of the house. For the dryer to heat properly, the duct must be clean and clear of lint or any other substance.

Heating element Your dryer's heating element may be partially burned out. If it is, your dryer still heats, but at such a low temperature that it takes three or four times as long to dry the clothes. If the element is partially burned out, replace it.

Internal ductwork Your dryer has some internal ductwork. If it gets clogged, your dryer can't dry properly. In most dryers, to get to the internal ductwork to clear the clog, you have to substantially disassemble the dryer. A quick way to check for internal clogs is to remove the lint filter and use a flashlight to inspect the inside of the duct. If it looks clogged and you can't clear it using your vacuum, contact a qualified appliance repair technician.

Cycling thermostat Although this isn't a common problem, one of the thermostats that controls the temperature in your dryer may break and cause the dryer to heat poorly. If so, you need to replace it. The thermostat is usually a small, round, black device mounted to an oblong steel plate. The plate is mounted to the internal ductwork with two screws.

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If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heating the most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glows sometimes it is still not working properly.

if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip....

If you have an electric dryer, you can have many different things that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat.

check out this electric no heat tip...


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first make sure the vent is clean to the outside from the dryer,then it could be packed with lint inside the unit,after this is complete,then the hi-limit/cycling switch on the element case can cause early cycling and low heat output if the unit heats by electricity,ig gas it can be a cycling switch on the burner tube,radiant sensor on the burner tube,gas valve coils are weak on the gas valve

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if it heats for the first 15 to 30 minutes then no heat the gas coils are failing and need to be replaced,they work when they're cold but when they heat up they fail,the coils are located on top of the gas valve, unplug the dryer,remove the two phillips screws take off the cover and remove the coils one at a time,pull off the wire connector,install the new coil and then push on the wire connector and then do the same to the next coil,also while your in there vac out the inside of dryer,if you have a shop vac,blow off the motor and blow off all the gas parts to clean it good,now take out the lint filter and remove the vent line,take off the back panel and clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,remove the four screws holding it in and take out the two phillips screws in front of the filter on the top panel,if the vent line is a long run from the wall to the outside i use a leaf blower to blow out the line,make sure the outside flapper is clean also,do this once a year and you'll never have a fire,your clothes will dry on time and your parts will last longer,good luck,if you need any more help let me know,the part number for the coils is 279834 and they are around 25 bucks

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As the model number you provided indicates this is a gas dryer, you need to open up the access panel, above the washer compartment, to clean out the dryer compartment.

It is likely that either the gas burner components have been covered in lint and dust and are getting shut off sooner than they should because of overheating of the thermocouple safety device, etc.

First, make sure that the power is turned off to the washer/dryer unit and turn off the gas supply valve, so you don't have any issues with getting a electric shock or getting a gas leak/build up.

Once you've done that, you can remove the two (2) access screws that will let you get into the lower dryer compartment where the gas burner and control devices are located (this is the panel just above the washer lid, the angled section).

Now vaccum out all the lint and dust buildup you can see and check that everything is free of dust and lint inside this area. Pay special attention to the gas burner and gas inlet orifices, as anything in there can and will cause the dryer to shut off and thus, not operate properly in getting your clothes dry in a normal drying cycle.

Also, check to see that the dryness sensors inside the dryer drum (silver bars up near the top left or right of the dryer drum) are clean and don't have any residue or buildup on them. This can also cause the dryer to register erraticly when using the automatic drying cycles versus the timed drying cycle. Use a good glass cleaner and wipe these sensors with a clean cloth rubbing them briskly to remove any residue or contaminent that might be deposited on the sensors.

Now completely clean out the exhaust vent all the way from the dryer to the outside location of the vent. Having any blockage of the vent can and will cause the thermal overload protective device to function and turn off the gas burner that provides the heat to dry your clothes. So be absolutely certain that the entire vent exhaust is clean and free of any lint buildup from the dryer all the way to the outside vent (yes I mean't to repeat that!) You'll have to remove the outside vent grate/cover to check for any buildup/obstructions there.

Now you can run a load to see if you've gotten the problem solved, if not, it could be a control module, but 80% of the time, it is nothing more than a "housekeeping" issue that causes loads not to completely dry on the first cycle. So please do some cleaning and checking and you should be back getting your clothes dry on the first cycle!

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when did you last clean out the dryer?another thing is that the gas coils could be failing,they work for a while but when the heat up they cut out leaving clothes damp or partially dry.there should be a little peep hole on front of dryer to see flame inside,pop off the cover after 10 or 15 minutes and make sure the flame is still coming on,if there isn't a cover you'll have to remove the bottom panel to check this,if the coils are good clean out the dryer by vacuuming the inside of it,remove the duct that the lint filter slides into and clean that out,then go outside and make sure the air is blowing out strong enough to open the flapper all the way,if it isn't the block is inside the vent line,remove the line from the back of dryer and clean it,if it's along run from the wall to the outside blow it out with a leaf blower and that should take care of your problem,you should do this a t least once a year so you don't have a fire on your hands,so clean out the dryer and make sure you don't have bad gas coils

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Check the lint trap as described above and also check the lint vent outside the house. My vent goes up through the roof and the lint builds up about every two years. You can by a vent cleaning brush off eBay for less than $20.

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If the lower front cover comes off remove the cover and vacuum around heating element and surroundings. A lot of time there is a lot of lint build up and the heating element will stay off for safety.
once this is done you should be fine.

Another place to check is the exaust hose. Make sure it is not blocked along with the vent that leads outside. If this is blocked it will cause the dryer to go into shut down mode.

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