Whirlpool dryer gets warm, but not HOT


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Old 01-06-05, 06:19 PM
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Unhappy Whirlpool dryer gets warm, but not HOT

After schimming through some similar sounding issues, I could not find a previous thread concerning my problem...

I have a gas Whirlpool dryer that I've had for approximately 10 years. Recently, I moved to another house and noticed a slight problem with the dryer; the dryer gets warm, but not hot. In other words, no matter what temperature setting one uses, it barely gets hot enough to dry anything.

It didn't have this problem before we moved...

I've checked the external lent ventilation, and it is not clogged (very strong air flow, in fact). I'm guessing that there must be something causing the thermostat to either shut off the heat prematurely (possibly an internal lent clog?), or perhaps the thermostat itself is faulty.

I don't know how to go about troubleshooting this, so any suggestions will be of tremendous help. Cheers to the moderators for hosting this site.
 
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Old 01-07-05, 06:18 AM
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Hello gliffurd. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Chances are the two solenoids on top of the gas control valve are defective. You'll need to remove the entire burner assembly, than remove the two coils on top of the gas control valve and replace them.

Another possible problem, based upon the problem description could be the flame sensor. Which is located on the burner shroud. Yet another could be gas supply to the appliance. The shut off valve may not be full opened or there is a restriction somewhere in the gas supply.

Which type of gas is the fuel source????
Natural or Propane???

Important to know in some cases where supply might be an issue or possible problem cause.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to questions & provide additional information on how to resolve the problem.

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http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=159481

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Old 01-13-05, 08:26 AM
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The fuel source is natural gas, but I don't believe that is related to the issue...

I popped off the bottom front cover to take a look inside, after I took off the lent screen assembly and cleaned it out thoroughly. Upon studying the flame, the ignitor clicks on, and I get a nice, big flame. However, after running for a few seconds, the flame goes out. It will eventually light up again, but shuts off soon after.

I'm guessing it is the flame sensor; do you concur Sharp Advice?
 
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Old 01-13-05, 05:35 PM
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Hello: gliffurd

I would tend to suggest you start with the two solenoids on top of the gas valve. You will need to remove the entire gas control valve which is secured to the bottom panel inside the cabinet. Usually three or four screws.

Once the valve is out, the solenoids are removed from the top of the gas control valve by removing the hold down plate. You will need to purchase the new solenoids at the local appliance parts store. Bring the make, model and serial numbers. Also take the entire gas control valve to be sure they sell you the correct solenoids.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

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Personal Safety Reminder:
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DRYER SERVICE TIP:
It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection, servicing and or repairs.
 
 

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