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Kenmore gas dryer will not heat. The glow ingiter will not

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Kenmore gas dryer will not heat. The glow ingiter will not glow and the gas will still come out.
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So the dryer is supposed to have safety precautions to not allow the gas out unless the igniter is drawing a certain amount of amperage. Are you sure the igniter is not glowing? And you remove the front cover, disconnect the belt, and remove the drum out to watch and see if the igniter ever glows when you turn the dryer on to heat? Be sure that the front panel door switch is still connected or the dryer will not run once you have it apart.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Sometimes it glows and sometimes not. But both still click and lets gas out. I can smell it.

OK so that's how the igniter is supposed to work, it's supposed to turn on and off---but it sounds like it's not either allowing enough gas to flow, or the igniter isn't mounted properly. If you haven't tampered with the igniter and it's still mounted properly, then you're down to the gas valve. Now there is no way to test between the gas valve or the 2 black gas coils on top of the gas valve, but the coils are much cheaper than the valve and if the coils are going out it can cause the valve to just crack open causing a gas smell but not enough to light a flame. If a thermostat was bad, the igniter would never glow and the valve would never open, so we know that a thermostat is not the issue.

Below is a link to the gas coils. And if you still had problems and the igniter definitely glows still, you'd need to replace the gas valve assembly which is much more expensive and comes with new coils.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Found it. The wires for the igniter is burnt and looks to be grounding out.