Whirlpool Gas Dryer does heat up.


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Post Whirlpool Gas Dryer does not heat up.

I have a Whirlpool Gas Dryer around 4-5 years old. Model # LGR4634EQ2 .
We went to a vacation for two weeks and after we return the Dryer works but doesnot generate heat.
So I am going through the some of the threads for exact same problem but I am even behind those who asked questions. I opened the dryer fine. Now I recognized the Ignitor, Solenoid and other parts.
How should I start troubleshooting. ?
What are instruments I need to troubleshoot where actually the problem resides.?
I saw that in the thread it is mentioned that if the ignitor glows then the solenoid should be ok. What is the sign of a glowing ignitor?
Should the ignitor be glowing always?
In other words how should I start from?

Any help will really be appreciated.

Also pointing to any manuals online will also be helpful.

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Old 07-31-05, 09:41 AM
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Question Whirlpool Gas Dryer Not heating

I have a whirlpool Gas dryer model # LGR4634EQ2 . We went to a vacation for two weeks and now the dryer is not heating. From the other threads I noticed that either the ignitor, or solenoid might be the primary problem.

Is this true? Or How should I start troubleshooting for the heating problem .?
I understood the various parts like
Ignitor, solenoid, thermostat, etc but How to identify the single part is malfunctioning?
Any help will be highly appreciated.
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Hello s2kfixit. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

How should I start troubleshooting for the heating problem?
First thing to check is if the gas is on. Both at the dryer and at the meter or propane tank or supply line from the tank. If there are other gas appliances in the home and those appliances work, the gas is on. If not, the gas is off.

A two week period of non usage does not always indicate a part(s) failure. Refer to the above first. Next place to check is the venting systems exhaust hoods internal flapper. May be stuck closed for some reason. If the flapper is not able to open and close freely, correct the cause of that problem.

If the above are checked and determined not to be the cause, open the burner inspection door at the bottom front of the machine, if so equipped with one. Turn the dryer on and note if the hot surface ignitor glows.

If there is no front burner access door, remove the bottom back panel and turn the dryer on. Observe the hot surface ignitor. (HSI) The HSI should begin glowing when dryer is turned on and all the control panel selections are set correctly. Meaning not in the "air fluff" or "no heat" selections.

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

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Question Whirlpool Gas Dryer does heat up .. Further Troubleshooting

I changed my Vent ( Aluminium Semi flexible) as it was 3 years old. There is a small square to view the burner. Took that out to see if i Can see any light, but I don't see any light in that area. This leads to me that Ignitor is not glowing. What should be my next step now?
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Hello: s2kfixit

Ignitor not glowing? If all the controls are set correctly, chances are the ignitor is defective. Gain access to it and replace the ignitor. Read this.
Dryer help info: http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=159481
 
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Question How to Check Controls

Thanks very much Sharp Advise. But more questions and apologize if they are stupid questions as I you can tell I am a Newbie.
1) How to check Controls are set correctly?
2) How to determine if Ignitor is working ok or not?
3) How to check if Timer is ok?
4) Hot to determine if Solenoids is working ok or not?

Thanks very much for your help.

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Hello: S2kFixit

Controls are the selections on the front panel.
Be sure they are set to dry and not air fluff, no heat, etc.

When the dryer is running, look into the burner compartment. May have an access door on the front lower panel, a tiny viewing hole, etc. If no door or viewing hole exists, may have to remove a back lower sheet metal panel to view the burner compartment while dryer is running.

Timers cannot be fixed. Only replaced but not until all other likely possible causes are determined not to be the cause. Replacing a timer that will not or does not resolve the problem is a waste of time and $.

If the HSI (hot surface ignitor) does not glow, may be simply burned out. If a solenoid is defective, glow ignitor usually will glow but burner will not fire up. Must have both solenoids operational or ignitor will fail to glow. You should hear a click, than ignitor glows and than a second click which allows the burner to fire up. If not, solenoids defective.

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Changed the Ignitor but did not fix the problem

Hello Sharp Advise,
I changed the Ignitor but it still doesnot glow . I will change the solenoids tomorow and see if that fixes the problem.
Also does this look like a connectivity issue. ?
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Question Changed Ignitor and Solenoids but still doesn't heat

Hello ,
I changed the Ignitor and Solenoids but still the dryer doesnot heat. Ignitor doesnot glow .
More close diagnosis leads to me that I don't hear another click.
First Click - After we press "Start" button starts the dryer ( turns motor on and gets the drum moving)
There is no second click

What can be another thing?
How do we test the Timer?
How do we test the Thermostat?
How do we test the Continuity?
We only have Sears Parts and Service in our area. If I take the Burner Assembly will they check what is defective? or what are other stores which can test and tell us what part is defective.?

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