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I have an older 70 series dryer. I was working fine and then my last load of clothes didn't dry. The dryer did not get hot.

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  • selinagosset Jul 16, 2008

    this is a gas dryer. Is there still a fuse on this as well and if so where. I took the back cover off last night and cleaned out all the lint and dust and didn't notice a fuse.

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Based on your complaint; "I have an older 70 series dryer. I was working fine and then my last load of clothes didn't dry. The dryer did not get hot,"

Temperature Switch:
Make sure a positive heat selection has been made. Then check these:

This information is for an electric, generic model dryer only!


If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

Power from the house
Heating element
Thermal fuse
Wiring
Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected.

Heating element Often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it--electric heating elements aren't repairable.

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.)

Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.


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Posted on Jul 15, 2008

  • David Emmel
    David Emmel Jul 16, 2008





    I apologize for causing you a delay, but that is why we need a make and model, because they are all different.

    If your dryer was manufactured in the 70's, (fuses were not used in the 70's) or is a 70 series, here are some things to look at for a generic gas dryer.



    If your dryer doesn't heat, check these:

    Temperature switch:

    Make sure you have a positive heat selection!
    Igniter
    Gas valve coils





    Igniter

    Modern gas dryers use an electric igniter to ignite the gas from the gas valve. When it's working properly, the igniter glows bright orange. When it burns out, the dryer tumbles but there's no heat because the gas can't ignite. When the igniter burns out, you need to replace it. If the igniter is held by a tension bracket, you very well may need to replace the bracket too.

    The igniter is inside the dryer housing, near the bottom front, usually in a cone-shaped metal tube (the force cone). It's about 2 inches long. It's mounted to the far end of the burner tube, and it has two wires attached to it--or to the tension bracket, if there is one.





    Gas valve coils

    Watch the igniter. Does it glow bright orange, then shut off without igniting the gas? (When the gas ignites there's a large blue flame.) If so, there may be defective coils on the gas valve. Mounted on the top of modern gas valves, there are black electrical coils. The coils, when energized, open the gas valve. 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.

    Most gas dryers are serviced from the front. Below is an exploded view diagram showing how to disassemble your dryer.

    You will have to enter your model number in the search box to find your particular diagram. Tip: Gas valve solenoids(coils) are the #1 item for failure.



    http://www.repairclinic.com/0047_8.asp



    Below is a link to a parts digram that shows older style coils.

    http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/...





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