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Dryer does not heat. I cleaned the vent out, and for a moment the flame ignited (I saw it through the little peep hole in the front), but then it went out. The orange igniter light goes on and off.

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You might have bad coils

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I looked through the peep hole in front of my gas dryer and I don't see anything lit.Dryer spins great, but doesn't heat up. What is the problem?


Igniter - The dryer's igniter is what ignites the gas that has entereddryer-ignitor.jpg through the gas valve. It will glow red, then when it reaches a certain temperature, it will trigger a thermostat that opens up the gas valve and that's when the dryer starts to heat the air. If the igniter has failed, the motor will still run but not produce any heat.

Jan 31, 2012 | Whirlpool Dryers

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Whirlpool gas dryer will start and run normal for 5-8 minutes, then flame shuts off and dryer cools off. Flame does not come back on.


Here's a few things to check that most people can do on their own. Keep in mind, that if you start taking the unit apart, you need to unplug the unit first. We don't want anyone getting zapped!

1) Obvious things first. If you have a propane gas dryer, make sure you are not out of gas! Go to the tank, lift the lid, look at the % gauge. If it's pointing at 5% or less, you may be empty or about to run out of gas. Order a gas delivery.

2) Another obvious tip. Check your lint filter. It may be so clogged that your dryer can't breathe. Clean it. Using a flashlight, look down into with the filter opening and see if there is a lot of lint still inside. If so, try using a small vacuum attachment and clean out lint. This applies to both gas and electric dryers.

3) Most gas dryers have either a small access panel in the front or at the very least, a peep hole. Open the panel or pop out the plastic peep hole cover so you can view the igniter. Turn on the dryer and watch for orange glow at the burner. If it does not glow, it will not light the gas burner. You may have a broken igniter and will need to replace it or have a new one installed. If you do it yourself, be sure to unplug the dryer and do not touch the very fragile ceramic piece of the igniter. You can confirm it is broken by locating the broken piece below where it is attached or noting it is missing a piece of ceramic on the igniter.

4) This tip applies to both gas and electric models. Another thing you can do is check for blockage in your vent. Unplug the dryer, and pull the unit out as far as you can to get access to the back of the unit. Be careful not to step on or kink the gasline. Pull the venting off the back of the dryer. There is usually a squeeze clamp holding it on. Clean out lint in dryer and from within the vent tube. Some cheap venting are made of expandable plastic or aluminum and can get squished to the point they restrict air flow. Make sure your vent is not collapsed and doesn't get squished when you push the unit back. Once you have cleaned and reassembled it, plug it in, turn on the dryer and watch for ignition. If it lights, go outside to the vent cap and check for lint there and make sure your vent flap opens with the hot air flowing out. Clean and adjust as necessary. If you have a long vent tube like I have on mine, then you should clean it out annually. I use a wind-up toilet snake and crank it around knocking lint loose from the walls of the vent. I can always tell when it needs to be cleaned again, when clothes no longer get dried in the first cycle. If you are unsure of, or unable to perform this task, then you'll need to hire a repairman.

Anyway, these are just the easy, quick fixes that most homeowners can perform on their own. If none of these solve the problem, you will need to troubleshoot further or hire a repairman. Hope this helps. Douglas

Sep 29, 2010 | Whirlpool Dryers

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No heat


Hello again,
Depending on your dryer type, if you do not have a front access panel, you should have a small peep hole. There is a small round or square hole with a pop-off cover that you can remove to view the igniter glow and light the burner. This should be in the lower front, so you shouldn't have to move the dryer or unplug it just for this.

Normally a poor heating dryer is the result of a blocked or clogged vent. When was the last time you cleaned it out. Over time it gets lint build-up and needs to be cleaned out once a year. Unplug the dryer and pull ot out from the wall. Turn off the gas too and be careful not to step on or kink the gasline. Pull off the venting from the backside of the dryer itself and using a flashlight, clean out all the lint. Do the same for the vent tubing you disconnected. Note: If you have an expandable plastic or foil vent tube hooked up behind your dryer, be sure it is not getting squished when you push the dryer back into place. After you're done reassembling it, fire it off and go outside and check that the vent cap 'flaps' opens with the hot air and has no lint build-up there as well. Then let me know if this makes a differance for your drying time or not. Good luck! Douglas

Jun 03, 2010 | Maytag Atlantis MDG7400AW Gas Dryer

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It taking too long to dry. I checked for blockage in the exhaust and lint and everything was ok.


Pop open the peep hole at the front bottom and watch the igniter glow until it ignites the gas. Are the burner flames a strong blue flame? Watch it for a little while. Does it stay lit for a few secs and shut down and then try to cycle back on? By the way, how old is this dryer?

May 20, 2010 | Fisher and Paykel DGGX2 Dryer

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Gas dryer not drying a load in one cycle


When was the last time you cleaned out the vent duct?

Here's a few things to check that most people can do on their own. Keep in mind, that if you start taking the unit apart, you need to unplug the unit first. We don't want anyone getting zapped!

1) Obvious things first. If you have a propane gas dryer, make sure you are not out of gas! Go to the tank, lift the lid, look at the % gauge. If it's pointing at 5% or less, you may be empty or about to run out of gas. Order a gas delivery.

2) Another obvious tip. Check your lint filter. It may be so clogged that your dryer can't breathe. Clean it. Using a flashlight, look down into with the filter opening and see if there is a lot of lint still inside. If so, try using a small vacuum2_bing.gif attachment and clean out lint. This applies to both gas and electric2_bing.gif dryers.

3) Most gas dryers have either a small access panel in the front or at the very least, a peep hole. Open the panel or pop out the plastic peep hole cover so you can view the igniter. Turn on the dryer and watch for orange glow at the burner. If it does not glow, it will not light the gas burner. You may have a broken igniter and will need to replace it or have a new one installed. If you do it yourself, be sure to unplug the dryer and do not touch the very fragile ceramic piece of the igniter. You can confirm it is broken by locating the broken piece below where it is attached or noting it is missing a piece of ceramic on the igniter.

4) This tip applies to both gas and electric models. Another thing you can do is check for blockage in your vent. Unplug the dryer, and pull the unit out as far as you can to get access to the back of the unit. Be careful not to step on or kink the gasline. Pull the venting off the back of the dryer. There is usually a squeeze clamp holding it on. Clean out lint in dryer and from within the vent tube. Some cheap venting are made of expandable plastic or aluminum and can get squished to the point they restrict air flow. Make sure your vent is not collapsed and doesn't get squished when you push the unit back. Once you have cleaned and reassembled it, plug it in turn on the dryer and watch for ignition. If it lights, go outside to the vent cap and check for lint there and make sure your vent flap opens with the hot air flowing out. Clean and adjust as necessary. If you have a long vent tube like I have on mine, then you should clean it out annually. I use a wind-up toilet snake and crank it around knocking lint loose from the walls of the vent. I can always tell when it needs to be cleaned again, when clothes2_bing.gif no longer get dried in the first cycle. If you are unsure of, or unable to perform this task, then you'll need to hire a repairman.

Anyway, these are just the easy, quick fixes that most homeowners2_bing.gif can perform on their own. If none of these solve the problem, you will need to troubleshoot further or hire a repairman. Hope this helps.

May 18, 2010 | Amana ALG866SB Gas Dryer

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My Whirlpool dryer is taking forever to dry a load of clothes. Sometimes it works and some times it doesnt. How do I fix this?


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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A bad thermal fuse will keep the gas valves from opening , therefor , no heat at any time . There will be no orange glow with a bad ignitor (used to lite the burner ) . Bad coils , the ignitor will glow and when the sensor clicks to cut off the ignitor , the coils should open to let the gas thru . Your dryer has a little peep hole you can remove to see the operation of the gas valve . Also , check the thermal fuse again ( or put the 2 wires togather to check) , disconnect the vent hose from the dryer and dry a load to see if dryes correctly .( Make sure you have good air flow at the dryer )The reason for this is because a dirty or clogged vent , not cleaning the lint screen vent hose kinked , or vent clogged from dryer to outside , will cause the thermal fuse to open .

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I have a whirlpool gas dryer.  heats up for a minute than get gool. will not stay hot?


check your exhaust vent to make sure that it is not blocked up with lint. If not then check to see if the flame comes on after the igniter check the peep hole in the front of the dryer.

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make sure that your vent is not plug up can you go outside your house and feel good air coming out the vent when the dryer is turn on if so the only other things it could be is the coils that sit on the ignotor assmebly or the high limit termistat is not working properly the coils are little black circle coils that sit in the ignitor assmly should have a metal braket across the top of them holding them in you can check resistance on these coils if you have an meter

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