Kenmore gas dryer will not flame.


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Old 06-23-13, 11:10 AM
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Kenmore gas dryer will not flame.

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For the last 4 years my dryer has been acting up. I have a Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care. Every now and then we would lose the dryer for a day or so (seems high humidity days it becomes temperamental the most). The heating element will orange up but not catch flame. Doing the regular cleaning and inspections with nothing revealing, I just put the cloths in a small electric. Now the dryer has not flamed up for almost 2 weeks, but it acts the same as when it shuts down for the last few years.

So far I have:
Cleared the exhaust hose and vent with a smaller hose attached to vacuum.
Cleaned out the lint vent and lowered hose in there as well.
Cleaned out the lint holes in the dryer drum back wall.
Removed bottom protection and cleaned the "heating drum" as some lint and dust was in there, most likely from other cleaning.
Checked wire connections and belts. Everything is still connected.
Gas hose is connected and secure.

The flame igniter will flare up to bright orange, stay, then cool off. Wait for about 2 minutes and try again. This is on all settings that use heat. I have read to use an electric reader on certain parts but I do not have one.

Thanks in advance to any who read and can help.
 
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Old 06-23-13, 11:28 AM
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Rose.....I need your model number so that I know which burner system it uses.

Two thoughts that may cause the problem but based on dryer type .....the ignitor may not be glowing hot enough or the flame sensor module is defective.
 
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Old 06-23-13, 11:40 AM
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I think this is the model number: 879801000 79801
There is also a number of 22000 on the same sticker under the heating/gas section.
 
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Old 06-23-13, 12:24 PM
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The number I need will have three numbers followed by a period and then more numbers.

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I just went through the machine again, the only marking I see that says Model/Stock Number is a Kenmore sticker tag inside opposite the loading door. It says 879801000 79801
 
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Any chance this dryer could be from Canada? Do not recognize that model #. Right place to look is in door area
 
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Here is a picture of the dryer tag. It says Chicago on it. Perhaps it is to old of a machine, because I cannot even find a manual for it online. Name:  Dryer Tag Smaller.jpg
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Old 06-23-13, 05:05 PM
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110.87980100 is your model number.

Based on your intermittent problem and the model of dryer....I'm pretty sure you have an issue with the gas valve coils. In the link below you can view the video of how to replace them.

Kenmore Model 110.87980100 - Repair Parts - Repair Clinic
 
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Old 06-24-13, 04:16 AM
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Do you have a volt, ohm meter? if you do there are some simple checks you can make while the dryer is apart. Let us know if you have meter.
 
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I do not have an Ohm reader. One of the things I was looking into to look for the problem. Thank you for finding the model number, even though it was 110. Etc. I thought the 110. was referring to another part since it was not stamped in the same way as the rest of the numbers. I will review the website when I can.

I feared the gas valve could be a problem, old house and had some other problems that go with it.

Edit: I see there is a difference now with the gas valve and gas valve solenoid. At least the solenoids look like easy replacement.
 
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Sorry it took so long to get back.

I think it is the gas valve solenoid you mentioned. I unplugged the machine, disconnected the ignition wire, and both solenoids. Reconnected the solenoids and found the 3 prong one moves about 1/8 of a turn towards me. Reconnect the ignition and plugged machine back in. I have flame once again.

It has gone off 2 times since then and had to reset it as I did above. Except this last time I cut the zip-tie the manufacturer had on, I think that was pulling the wires short and pulling the 3 prong solenoid. I am waiting to get the replacement parts, taking longer since I tried through Sears but they want $18 shipping for a $25 part.
 
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Old 06-30-13, 01:09 PM
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Well......you're making forward progress Keep us posted on your outcome.
 
 

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