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Replace ignitor hi, would you please tell me how i can replace the ignitor? i opened up the back, it seems the ignitor is hidden inside.... not sure how to get to it. thanks,

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You have to remove the front. It is at the bottom left. It is a ceramic glow coil and if bad will usually be broken or have a visible crack. An appliance store or furnace repair place will have it in stock. (It is also used on some furnaces and ovens) Bring the old one with you and the model and serial # of the dryer. You may buy a generic one and cut the plug off your old one if it is different. (Be sure to use ceramic wire nuts, not tape or plastic) The metal holder usually can be pried off too. The generic ones are usually around $15 - 20.

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I have a Kenmore gas dryer model 110.77670400. The ignitor lights, but gas valve doesn't open. I tested thermal switches in back for continuity and all checked good. Flame sensor is good and I replaced...


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If one or more of the coils are defective, the valve doesn't open and the gas cannot ignite. Because it's often difficult to properly test the coils, it's usually best to replace both (all) of them at the same time.However unplug your Kenmore gas dryer from its electrical outlet. Make sure that all electricity has been disconnected from your dryer.

Turn off the gas valve that supplies gas to your Kenmore gas dryer. Remove the gas flex line at the shut-off valve using an adjustable wrench.

Remove your dryer's back panel. Take out the screws on the back of the dryer and the panel will come free. Set the panel and screws aside until you are ready to replace them.

Locate the thermal fuse between the dryer's blower housing and exhaust. The thermal fuse looks like a white plastic strip with two connected wires.

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Jun 15, 2011 | Dryers

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I am trying to find the proper way to remove and replace the ignitor on a maytag mdg5500aww

HI- First make SURE the machine is unplugged. Open the door and on the inside of the door frame you will see 2 screws on each side (2 of them go though the door hinges), remove these screws and pull the front panel forward from the top, it will hinge from the bottom and you can pull up on it to take it off. On the right bottom you will see the valve, ignitor and burner assembly. Locate the ignitor on the Left side of the burner, behind the valve, and use a 5/16 in wrench or socket to loosen the bolt that holds it in place. Unhook the wires and plug in the new one. Be very careful not to hit the ceramic part of the ignitor on anything or it will break, very easily. When you put it back o the bracket make sure it is all the way back and seated correctly. Reverse process. You can actually run the machine without the front panel on to see if the ignitor is working; just make sure the door is closed. Hope this helps, be careful.

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Partial drying

if it's a gas dryer you have bad gas coils,also you might need a clean out,if the air isn't blowing out of the dryer the clothes will not dry,you need to go outside and make sure the flapper is blowing fully open, if it's a long vent line that goes through the wall to reach the outside take the vent line off the back of dryer and blow it out with a leaf blower,then you need to clean out the duct that your lint filter slides into and then vac out the inside of dryer,you should clean it out or have someone come in to clean your dryer out at least once a year so you don't have a fire more so with gas cause you have an open flame in there,if it's gas,run the dryer and see if the ignitor is glowing and lighting the burner,check it again in like a half hour and if the ignitor is lighting the burner you have bad gas coils,if you need more help send the model number located around the opening where you put the clothes in the dryer and let me know if you need anything else

Dec 18, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Maytag gas dryer, ignitor comes on, gas valve opens, ignites gas, runs for 30 sec the shuts down. Replaced hi temp fuse & thermostat. What next?

Try the ignitor... As crazy as it may seem the ignitor can be bad even if it works....
This will get your dryer back to normal again.

I hope that this will help you to solve your problem!

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GE Harmony no heat, gas isnt turning on when ignitor glows on

Not the gas valve. the flame is not getting lit.
The electronic ignition is not heating up.
Do you notice the igniter is no longer glowing?
It must be replaced.

Sep 25, 2009 | GE Profile Harmony DPGT750GC Gas Dryer

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Dryer doesn't heat...

Check the following to address this issue--

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.

3. Igniter
Igniter may burn out or break. Replace the igniter if found defective.

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.

Jun 03, 2009 | Frigidaire FGR211AS Gas Dryer

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Accessing the igniter on a Kitchenaid Dryer

Normal 0 Hi, UNPLUG the dryer. This model you need to remove the two screws under the lint screen. Now use a flat blade screw drive and insert it in the gap between the top and the front panel and pry the top up. Now locate and remove the screws on the inside of the front panel in upper corners. The front should lift off. You will see the ignitor attached to the burner. There is a harness you can unplug to test it. If the dryer is not heating at all, before you remove the front panel, you can remove the cap on the front lower panel and start the dryer. Look inside the holw and see if the ignitor glows at all.
If it glows and then shut down before the flame lights, you will need to change the coils on top the gas valve, not the ignitor.
If the ignitor does not glow at all, you will want to test the thermo fuse before the ignitor.
Normal 0 UNPLUG the dryer! Remove the rear panel of the dryer and locate the fuse. It is white and ¼” wide and 3” long. It is located on the blower housing. Remove the wires and check to see if it has continuity. If it does not, you need to replace it. I know this is a lot of info but these are most common problems.
If I can assist you further, please let me know.


Jun 02, 2009 | KitchenAid KGYS850LT Gas Dryer

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Gas dryer don't heat, pilot ok

The ignitor is coming on so that means you have power to the gas assembly. Next the flame sensor should shut down the ignitor when the bi-metal inside it bends from the heat. This kills power to the ignitor, which allows for the power to activate the coils. The coils snatch open the gas valve and allow for ignition. The raw gas hits that screaming hot ignitor and ignites into a glorious flame, raising the temperature inside the drum. While that flame is on, the control thermostat is monitoring the heat within the drum. When the temperature gets to a round 140 F then the power gets killed to the gas assembly by the control thermostat. If all of that seems to be happening for say, the first time, then suddenly the ignitor comes on then shuts down and no flame comes out, then you have weak and intermittant coils. Replace these puppys:

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Gsas dryer ignitor won't light

HI thanks for your question. the faulty part is a thermal fuse, located at the back. pull dryer out . remove the back panel. clean all lint . clean venting to the outside. thermal fuse is located inside the dryer, on the air duct to the Left a small piece of plastic with 2 blue wires to it. replace this part. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks

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