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I can't seem to find the pilot on my gas dryer. Any suggestions?

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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 igniter 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. Is the dryer working at all? If not, here's a way you can narrow down the possibilities of problems:


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 (roughly 2.7 to 3.2 amps depending on type of igniter) on the igniter before the gas valve opens 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. I hope this may help you. Let me know if I can assist further.

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