Maytag dryer problem

Old 02-08-05, 01:46 PM
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I did a search and could not find what I was looking for. The problem is that the dryer will ignite and burn a flame for 10 seconds. After a 1 minute delay, it will ignite and burn for another 10 seconds....and so on. 1.5 years ago, I replaced the 2 solenoids for a no flame condition. Model # LDG512. Any ideas would be appreciated.
Old 02-08-05, 06:13 PM
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Hello: Mr. Dummas

Clean out the entire venting system first. Be sure the flapper door in the exhaust vent hood opens and closes freely. No kinks or bends in the exhaust venting material if it is plastic.

Solenoids not as likely to have gone defective so soon but still a possiblity. Flame sensor another possibility. Worse case is a defective gas valve. Which is non repairable.

Below is almost all the likely causes for the problem causes, possible solutions and help links.

Control center for all functions. The timer has internal contacts and as it advances through the cycles, one of those contacts can become burned out, stuck opened or closed for any one of several reasons.

Timers also have cams that open and close those contact points. If the timer or any other selection switch, on the front control panel, is suspected of causing the existing problem you're having with the appliance, be sure all selections are correctly set.

If they are, the timer or other function selected switch may be defective. Timers are a non repairable item. Any or all of the control panels switches can be removed and taken to the local appliance retail parts store for testing.

Timers and switches can also be checked for continuity using an ohm meter or continuity tester. However, do not rely soley on a continuity test for proper timer functioning. Timers and switches are a non repairable items.

Fuseable Link:
Check for continuity across this part. It will be located in the exhausts venting system prior to the discharge outlet. If there is no continuity, replace the part. Not all dryers have this part.

Flame Sensor:
This part is located on the burner housing. If it's defective, it will cause the glow coil to not function or cause the problem your discribing. You can test this part with a continuity tester or an ohm meter.

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Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes and solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, instructions, pictorials, schematics, which may be available online.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. Take with you the make, model and serial numbers.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances. Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs.

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It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection and or repairs.

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Thanks. The dryer is clean and vent is free of debris. I was told the flame sensor was fine, due to the fact that the gas does ignite. If it were faulty, there would be no flame (what I was told). Also, no fuseable link was found. I'll remove the items you mentioned and have them tested. Thanks again

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