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Pilot light Can someone help! I can not find where to light the pilot light on my Kenmore 72802 Gas Dryer. There is a square removable cap on the front of the dryer but I'm not sure if this is it. I can't find my manual or instructions for lighting on the web.

Posted by Rich Paramus on

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  • Rich Paramus Jun 06, 2007

    Your right I'm not the handiest guy around ...I'm thinking like ny burner for my heating system.

    OK I guess it's the glow ignigtor thats not working properly. There's no heat in dryer at all.

  • Rich Paramus Jun 10, 2007

    The dryer is about 3-4 years old. Will not heat up. How do I check if this glow thing is working or not?

  • Anonymous Jul 26, 2008

    location of gas ingitor



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Pilot Light? Are you sure? All the gas dryers I've ever worked on were pilot-less. There should be a glow-type ignitor that heats up when the dryer is turned on. When it reaches a certain current potential a gas valve is opened and the burner ignites. How old is this dryer? Maybe this is something I've never seen before.

Posted on Jun 05, 2007

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    Jeff Rockwell Jun 20, 2007

    You need to gain access to view the inside of the dryer, first. With the dryer plugged in, push the start button. If you hear a "click" and the igniter still does not come on, you probably have a bad igniter. If you don't hear a "click", the radiant heat senor is probably bad causing the igniter not to glow. You have to listen very carefully for the clicking noise, though. It's not very distinct with some dryers. Now, the igniter can glow sometimes and still be bad. The way your dryer works; it looks for a certain current potential with the igniter before it will open the gas valve to ignite. If the igniter is weak, the gas valve may not open. This is a safety feature that prevents gas from leaking into your home. Looks like you could have a simple igniter issue. If you can see it without taking it out look to see if there are any scorch marks on it. I hope this may help you. Let me know if I can assist further.



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