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Replace coils on burner assembly ..the 2 black things with wires ..if ignitor is glowing but burner not firing

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Gas dryer will not heat up. Flame ignites on occasion. Changed the ingnitor but still has the same problem


If your Maytag dryer has mysteriously stopped producingheat, a blown thermal fuse may be the cause of your problem. In Whirlpool dryers,thermal fuses are safety switches that are designed to disrupt the flow ofelectricity to your dryer's heating mechanisms once the dryer reaches apredetermined maximum temperature, usually somewhere around 180 degrees F.Thankfully, troubleshooting the thermal fuse in a Maytag dryer is easierthan it sounds. Instructions And Things You'll Need
  • Screwdriver
  • Towel
  • Electrical tape
  • Replacement thermal fuse, if necessary
1 Clean out thelint screen in your Maytag clothes dryer. Lint buildup can cause your dryerto overheat, triggering the thermal fuse to disrupt power to your dryer'sheating mechanisms. Take the lint screen out of your Whirlpool dryer and washit in warm water. Dry the screen thoroughly before replacing it.
2 Look behindthe dryer to check its flexible exhaust hose for kinks or obstructions.Disconnect the exhaust hose from the back of your dryer and clean out any lintthat has built up.
3 Go outside andcheck your Maytag dryer's exhaust vent for obstructions. Lint buildup, birdnests or other obstructions in the outside exhaust vent can trigger yourdryer's thermal fuse.
4 Disconnectyour dryer from its power source before attempting to access its thermal fuse.
5 Access the thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer byremoving the back panel. Remove the screws that hold the back panel in placeand it should easily come free.
6 Look betweenthe dryer's blower housing and exhaust to locate its thermal fuse. The thermalfuse in a Whirlpool dryer looks like a white plastic strip that has two wiresconnected to it.
7 Bypass the thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer whileyou perform a quick diagnostic test. Use electrical tape to tape together thetwo wires connected to the thermal fuse. Reassemble your dryer and plug it backin. Set the dryer to a timed heated drying cycle and press "Start."If the dryer produces heat with its thermal fuse bypassed, it means the thermalfuse needs to be replaced.
8 Replace a blown thermal fuse in your Maytag dryer.Disconnect the power and remove the back panel. Remove the electrical tape thatyou used to perform the diagnostic test and disconnect the wires from thethermal fuse. Remove the screws that secure the thermal fuse to the dryer anddiscard the blown fuse. Attach the replacement thermal fuse by replacing andtightening the screws. Attach the wires to the new thermal fuse.
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Dryer wont turn off. also no heat

it won't turn off because there is no heat. check your ignitor. if ok check thermal fuse. if all ok and ignitor glows change valve coils.

Jun 14, 2010 | Whirlpool LGR3624JQ Gas Dryer

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It's run but there's no heat

The gas dryer has a spark ignitor that starts the burner to heat up. Upon switching on the dryer you should hear the ignitor clicking to light the burner. If you do not hear the clicking noise the ignitor needs to ne replaced

Mar 27, 2010 | Whirlpool LGR5636L Gas Dryer

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Whirlpool Model SGDS800JQ2 gas dryer getting no heat

Check to make sure the burner ignitor is not burned out. Check all the other parts you mentioned........ pull one wire off each part(one at a time) and check with with with an OHM meter.... should all be in the closed position.

Mar 16, 2010 | Whirlpool Dryers

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I have a whirlpool gas dryer that will spin but not generate any heat? maybe the ignitor or the burner?

it could be:
1. thermal fuse (check continuity ~0 Ohm)
2. gas valve coils (check continuity with Ohmmeter set to x100 or x1000)
3. Ignitor (check continuity, can be up to 80 Ohm)

Much less likely:
4. radiant heat sensor (should open when heated by ignitor).
5.cycling or high limit thermostat (check continuity, ~0 Ohm)

Mar 04, 2010 | Dryers

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No heat from whirlpool dryer model lg6881xtw1 , replaced burner ignitor, still does not light up , what should i check next

Check the thermal fuse on the blower housing. That is assuming the glow bar does not light up. If the ignitor is glowing and it will not light it is likely one or both coils on the valve are bad. (replace as a set) Eric

Sep 14, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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Can't access the ignitor on my dryer.

Here is a video that will help you out click on sample video toward the bottom of the page..

Sep 13, 2009 | Dryers

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Whirlpool lg9521xt gas dryer- no heat or flame. I replaced thermal fuse and coil kit, but didn't solve problem. What's next ? The igniter ?

Remove the bottom panel and start dryer . If you see the red glow , then ignitor is ok . Disconnect the plug (2 or 3 wires ) going to the burner and check for 120 volts . If no red glow , replace the ignitor pt # 279311 . If not 120 volts , then , normally , thermal fuse is bad (white piece with 2 small terminals on blower box ) is bad .

Sep 07, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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The gas burner will not light.

hi bob , with the dryer on switch the unit from air dry to 1 of the heating positions ,did you hear a click?If so your problem is with your burner,if not you will have a thermostat/thermal fuse problem.possible burner issues include bad ignitor,ignition sensor .

Jun 17, 2009 | Whirlpool LGR5636L Gas Dryer

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Whirlpool LGR7646EQ0 turns no heat

the dryer has no pilot light, haven't had them in years. It operates off a hot surface ignitor.I would check to see if you are getting power to the ignitor 115v. If you are the ignitor is bad. Sometimes you can see the ignitor cracked. Did it take long to dry the clothes before it quit? If so your vent may be clogged which will blow a thermal limit on the dryer and keep it from heating. hope this helps...

Nov 19, 2008 | Whirlpool LGR7646E Dryer

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