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It appeared to be the same issue I have been reading alot about with other gas dryers. No flame, but

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Old 09-21-2008, 06:47 AM
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It appeared to be the same issue I have been reading alot about with other gas dryers. No flame, but the ignitor heats red hot. So I assummed it was the coils for the gas dryer valve where bad so I picked some up at my appliance store and replaced them, but still no flame??? What else could it be? Please help me diagnose what else could be wrong! Thanks.


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Old 09-23-2008, 02:00 PM
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No help??? Anybody out there!
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Check your ignitor, sometimes even when they glow red hot, they aren't hot enough to light. It could also be the valve itself.
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Took the valve off and made sure it wasn't plugged or dirty. It was slightly dirty so I cleaned it up. Put the valve back on and now it fires up but only for a short period (10 seconds) and shuts off. I got a new ignitor from my local appliance store to try and that has the same outcome. I also cleaned the flame sensors lens and that had no affect. Everything has continuity. Could the flame sensor be bad/weak and not keeping the gas valves open? The also gave me a new set of coils to try compared to my new ones I just installed, but no difference either. Any ideas?
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I am 99% sure I figured it out. The cycling thermostat tells the coils to shut off once the temp reaches a set temp. So I removed the cycling thermostat and jumpered the circuit to keep the thermostat circuit closed while the gas valve fired and continued to stay fired until I removed the jumper. This tells me the thermostat is weak or worn out. Sound right???
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That sounds correct.
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Hi. I was wondering if this fixed the problem. I have much the same issue. Just replaced the coils, and not sure how to check the valve. I have a pretty old GE dryer. How did this turn out?
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It actually ended up being the gas valve itself that was bad. I took the valve off to clean it when the dryer wasn't working. I put it back on and fired it up the dryer worked for a few hours. Replaced the valve and it has worked great for weeks now.
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Glad you were able to fix it!

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