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pedyrn 01-27-2009 09:46 PM

gas dryer intermittently heats
Have a whirlpool dryer that intermittently would heat and then not, and then nothing at all. We purchased a new/used dryer off craigslist, now a Kenmore and it is doing the same thing, They both don't get HOT, have to run clothes more than 1 cycle on high heat to dry. And the 2nd seems to be heading toward the dead side like the first. The Kenmore is quite new maybe 3 years old. Our old one was > 15yrs. Both are GAS dryers. Is it possible they both have the same bad part or is it our gas supply?

The house runs on gas for the instant hot water on demand, the stove, and furnace. We have not had issues with these appliances.

Gene 01-28-2009 07:05 PM

The first thing I would do is check the vent line from the dryer all the way to the outlet.If the air flow is restricted somewhere then the dryer will never work properly.


pedyrn 01-28-2009 07:37 PM

we have done this, it is a short exhaust tube and exits directly thru an exterior wall. The gas line from the shut off valve in the floor to the dryer is not kinked either. Not sure what else to do. I find it ODD that 2 dryers are doing the same thing, low to intermittent heat.

kayakcrzy 01-29-2009 05:59 AM

You could have a coincidence going here, but, I would replace the coils on gas valve, on the younger kenmore. It is a very cheap part, but it would substantiate weather or not you have a dryer problem, or a gas flow problem coming to the dryer. Tom ********************************************

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