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Does this use a GLOW igniter?
just becuase they glow does not mean they are good
yes it does and it gets bright
They have to draw enough current to open the gas vavle they dont do that when they get old
they still light and look ok
does not mean they are good
replace the igniter
we've only had this dryer for about 4 years
then the age is right for replacment
one sec...this is his wife typing..he is checking something
he says the ignitor gets REALLY bright
and when we turn it on..it starts making a humming noise like I've never heard before after it has ran for a few minutes
you open it and no heat
can you tell us how to replace the ignitor...if that may need what needs to be done?
You cant test an igniter by looking at it
do you have an AMP Meter?
you need to measure the current the igniter draws\
where do you test this?
He doesn't have the whole thing apart.
He's walking to the shop to get it.
anthony, where do you test this?
depends on your meter
if it is clamp on
clamp it on the wire to the igniter
no not a clamp on
it's got probes
if it a lead you have to open the circuit
and put it in series with the igniter
take one wire off and put it thru the amp meter to the ignitor?
Current can only be measured by being part of the circuit
ok one sec
unless it s a clamp on meter then it is easy
he's going to check it
set the meter to 10A scale
so how are you?
We are hot here in Texas.
We are WET here in NY
ya'll just had that hurricane
The Igniter should draw 3 AMPS
ok I will tell him
He says he only has a extech to check this with, does he put it on MA AC/DC?
Does the meter have an A scale?
MA is too small
wont do it
will blow the fuse in the meter
he is reading
so meanwhile...did ya'll get bad flood from the hurricane?
not me personally but all around
many roads closed
we dealth with several hurricanes, Rita and Ike were horrible!
Lot's of damage!
state thruway closed
he says he has a multi meter
yes but does it have a 10A scale?
and the only thing he can see has hurtz and multi meter
what is the make and model of the meter?
extech mod dm110
That meter supports 1/2 A
it wont do the test
can we get one that we need and get back with you on this problem?
Replace the igniter if that does not fix it replace the gas vavle
By chance, do you think it is the board?
if you want to get a meter that will do the test
that would probably be expensive
the board tells the igniter to glow
how much do you think it costs to replace the ignitor?
the igniter tells the gas valve to open
money is tight here.
the igniters go about 80-90 at your local appliance parts store
OK troy says he's going to get a meter and we will get back with you
before we go out and start buying something
thanks for your help
ok get an AC CLAMP ON
and ya'll take care.
and that will make it easy
no wires to cut
ok, he will probably send me to lowes tomorrow? LOL and I will be all lost looking for this thingie.
they do have it
ok I can get back in touch with you thru my email?
Thanks for your help
Hope we can get my dryer fixed
will talk to you tomorrow.
Ya'll stay safe...
and to ya'll too..
Ok we have a meter to check the wire
We got an amp meter, put it on the blue wire and when the ignitor came on, we drew 3 1/2 amps. The heat comes on when we first turn it on, but then stops working after a few seconds. I'll get back on line later and hopefully you will be on line.
ok, we needed your help tonight and you are not available. Thought you would be on line tonight to help us. I need my dryer working. Thanks for your help. But we will call out a technician I guess. Thanks anyway.
3.5 amps is good change the gas valve that should be enough to open it
Hey Anthony, I went and got the gas valves this morning at the parts store and Troy just changed it out...and got the dryer put back together. Seems to be heating like it should by just feeling it. I washed a load of towels and just put them in to see if it's going to get them dry. I will be back in touch with you shortly. Thanks for your help.
Ok, it is working again. Thanks for your help. I will accept now.
oh I am suppose to let you respond.
I'll wait to hear back from you.
I am glad we got it fixed it pays to have the right test equipment !
Thanks for using JA
Have a great weekend!