Kenmore 70 series dryer, no heat


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Old 11-13-07, 10:21 AM
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Kenmore 70 series dryer, no heat

My Kenmore 70 series dryer stopped heating this weekend. I had just reloaded the dryer (was working fine) and within a few seconds of turning it on, detected the smell of gas. The dryer still tumbles and works on "air dry," but there is no heat. I shut off the gas valve. I've reviewed several posts with a number of options for problems with heat but did not find one where gas was detected. Can anyone narrow down the problem?

Thanks. Your assistance is much appreciated.
 
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Old 11-13-07, 01:54 PM
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Hello al2518. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Much depends upon how much gas odor was smelled. Usually but not always, it's a faint odor that seems like a lot. Very difficult to diagnose with out on site inspection.

Problem can be one of several causes. Most likely is defective solenoids. Replacing the Hot Surface Igniter (HSI) when the solenoids are replaced might be a good idea with a gas odor noticed.

HSI may be weak glowing yet still glow but not always hot enough to light the gas. Which creates an odor. A rare condition but possible.

The above possible causes and possible solutions may resolve the problem. Much depends upon the actual cause for a gas odor. May be a defective gas control valve but not as likely.

If you are not positive you can resolve the cause, based upon a gas odor smell, may be best in this instance to contact a professional.

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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Good Evening, My Gas dryer quit heating, was working fine, then the next time nothing, any thoughts would be appreciated.

Warm Regards, Hotrod43
 
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need type and model # thanks
 
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Old 05-24-10, 05:35 AM
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Hello hotrod43. Welcome to the Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Most common cause for the problem/condition described is a defective solenoid. Located on top of the gas valve. There are two of them, each having wires with quick disconnects attached to them.

A quick search will reveal this forum topic already having hundreds of prior posts on the subject of dryers which fail to heat up.

PLUS more detailed information HERE in the dryer sticky note.

Also insure the venting system is in proper working order and free of all dust and lint. Exhaust hoods flapper door opening freely and there are no kinks, bends and/or restrictions in the venting tubing, etc.

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.

Use the reply button to add additional information or questions. Using the reply button keeps or moves the topic back up to the top of the list automatically and keeps all communications on this subject in this thread.

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

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