Question about Dryers
I've been reading your replies to other people's problems regarding no heat in their dryer. I have the same problem. I cleaned the air duct, which had some significant amount of lint built up right at the base connection of the duct.
I wanted to see if I can service the dryer myself. I build computers for a living and do light electrical work, so I figured I would give this a shot before calling for servicing.
I kindly thank you for any information in advance jsrock.
Okay...just wanted to make sure. With a gas dryer, the most common failure is the ignitor. Its a glow bar type ignitor that comes on when you push the start button. Once the ignitor reaches a certain current potential, the gas safety valve opens and you'll hear gas begin to flow - followed by ignition. To check, you need to access the inside of the dryer to see if the ignitor glows. If the ignitor isn't glowing, you may assume the ignitor coil is open. If the ignitor begins to glow, but you still have no ignition, you may have an ignitor that is weak and isn't drawing enough current to open the gas safety valve. You can read the following link about glow bar type igniters:
I know the link is for replacing an ignitor in a gas range, but theory behind the operation is the same. In particular, you need to look at the ignitor and determine if it is a Carborundum or a Norton. The current values differ.
If you can take a current reading and it is normal, and you still have no ignition, the remaining common fail item are the gas coils. There are two of them on your dryer. One is the Main and one is the Pilot Position. It is recommended that you replace BOTH at the same time (commonly sold as a set).
Go to searspartsdirect.com and type in your model number as you have it listed. Look under the "Burner Assembly" heading on the next page. The ignitor is listed as item number 4 (part #279311) and the coils are listed as items 13 and 14 respectively (part #'s 694540 & 694539). You can choose to order from this site if you like, but repairclinic.com may have these parts at a cheaper price. Do some comparative shopping to save money. Sears is great for component identification, however. I hope this helps you.
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