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Old 10-08-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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my dryer is not drying the cloths at all. the flame comes on for 7 to 10 seconds and shuts off then never comes back on. took it apart and cleaned it and that didnt help. the dryer is only 3 years old.

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Old 10-08-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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I assume you are talking about a gas dryer.. Check the vent for obstructions. There are coils on top of the gas valve that go bad.

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Old 10-08-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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yes a gas dryer,sorry. i will check that out thank you
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:39 PM   #4
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I assume you are talking about a gas dryer.. Check the vent for obstructions. There are coils on top of the gas valve that go bad.
tighten up the nut on the thurmacouple. It is the little copper line comming off the gas valve and goes over the piolit lite . The nut will be at the gas valve. They have a habit of comming a bit loose.
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it has a glow plug but i will check and make sure everything is tight.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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everything is tight, when i first turn the dryer on it works for about 10 seconds and then the heat shuts off. in order to get it to come back on i have to open the door wait for a couple of mins and then it will work again for a few seconds

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it has a glow plug but i will check and make sure everything is tight.
ok i going back to the old days. So dam much stuff now day's . You don't know what you got. I would check if the vent goes outside thro a 4" pipe with flapper on the out side? or pipe going up through the roof? if going thro the roof. Look at the screen It may be plug with lint?? What some people do to clean the pipe if it goes up thro the roof. They use their weed blower and put it in their and it will blow real good . If need to
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took the whole thing apart and clean everything out, didnt help
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:03 PM   #9
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took the whole thing apart and clean everything out, didnt help
Their are some limit switch's . They look like quarters with 2 wires with spade lug's on them . I belive their should be 2 or 3 of them a low limit high limit and i don't remember what the other one is . It has been a long time sence i worked on these. What you can do is jumper each one at a time and see it the dryer stay's on or come's on. If it come's that limit switch may be bad. They work on heat to make them come on and the low limit when it cool's it makes. and than the dryer come's on . Now i remember the 3rd one limit's the heat or keep's it just the right anount in their. If that one stick's than the hi limit will open up and than the dryer won't burn up. Jumper them one at a time and see Just be carefull . More or less keep one hand in the pocket. Or not totch with both hand's good luck
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Sounds like the holding coils are bad. on top of the gv. Sometimes you can hear them chatter
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is there any way to check the gv?
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if it comes back on after you stop it for a bit, sounds like it's cycing on hi-limit. if coils are bad the igniter will cycle on and off w/o flame. you either have flame problem- dirt/spider/on orfice or the air flow is restricted, either inside the dryer vent or outside vent. pull tube off dryer-good air flow out? run dryer with vent disconnected-caution**CO is present**now ok?
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you didn't post your brand or model/serial# but if this is electronic controled the problem may be there.
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If your pilot flame keeps going out, chances are you will need to replace the pilot latch assembly, also make sure the vent hood flapper is closing ok and no outside air is blowing in effecting the pilot flame. Thatís my guess...
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After checking with my appliance repair brother his bet is your holding coil on your gas valve is bad as others have suggested.

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