Kenmore gas dryer don't heat


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Old 11-08-07, 06:34 AM
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Kenmore gas dryer don't heat

I have a Kenmore gas dryer model number 11097274100, serial number MC0227481. The other day I shut the house main power switch off to fix a kitchen light. Then turned the main power switch back on. The next day I used my dryer and nothing dried at all because there is no heat. Do I have to light a pilot light or something? I am a single women here so I get scared with the gas thing unless I know for sure what I can and can't do. Please help asap...

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Old 11-08-07, 07:47 AM
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Hello tinatinagirl5. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Rarely if ever does turning off the electrical power or unplugging a dryer result in the machine not working when power is restored. More likely a coincidence then a result of a lack of electrical power.

The most likely cause is the HSI (Hot Surface Igniter) burned out or one of the two solenoids, located on top of the gas control valve, has failed.

Some very early early models used a device which preceded the HSI. This type of ignition has two rods that clacked together and sparked.

Based upon the model number 11/09/72 (which, admittedly I did not check) the machine may have the clicker spark device. Neither electronic ignition devices have a constant burning pilot flame. Nor would a pilot light go out as a result of no electrical power.

To determine if the HSI is glowing, there usually is an access door in one of the lower sides of the front panel. If so, open the access trap door, turn the dryer on and note if there is a glow at the front of the burner. No glow, HSI burned out. Replace it.

If the HSI does glow and no flame is visible, likely the 2 solenoids need to be replaced.

Read Gas Dryer Sticky Note In The Forum Topic For Additional Advice:
http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=159481

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 or services. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a service or repair includes any connection of a gas part.

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 or services. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a service or repair includes any connection of a gas part.

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