Question about Maytag Dryers
The intermittent ignition device comes on, but the gas does not ignite. As far as I know, there is no one in this area that services dryers. Can you help me out?
I'm assuming you're talking about the igniter. The igniter in these dryers is a glow bar type. Over a period of use, the igniter can become weak with age and no longer produce the required current to open the gas valve. If the gas valve does not open, the result is a glowing igniter with no ignition. The following link provides some good info on glow bar igniters:
I know the link is for replacing an igniter in an oven, but the same type of igniter is used on gas dryers as well. I just wanted to give you information on the types of igniters and what current readings they should have.
Another common problem that affects ignition are the gas valve safety coils on the burner assembly going bad. There are usually two of them, and are usually sold as a set. It is recommended that you replace both of them at the same time. The symptoms I have seen more often when the coils go bad, is a dryer that will sometimes ignite and will not stay lit once it warms up. You may hear a rapid clicking or rattling noise associated with bad valves.
I hope this gives you some guidance. If you post back with a model number it would make it easier to determine how your dryer is configured, and assist in trying to locate any recommended parts.
Posted on Aug 26, 2008
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