Gas Dryer Repair:

There are 2 important elements to doing a gas dryer repair:

  1. How to Diagnose and Check Dryer Parts for Continuity
  1. How to take your Dryer apart and Locating the Parts.

You will need to get a multimeter to test for continuity.

Definition of continuity is an unbroken inconsistent existence

 Dryer repairs are super simple and you only need basic tools to complete a dryer repair.

The national average dryer repair cost in 2018 was $233.

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What to do if a Gas Dryer isn’t Heating?

first thing to do when you’re having heating issues with a gas dryer is, go to the very front of the clothes dryer, if you look down at the bottom in the front of the dryer you will see a little square, you can pop that out and then it becomes of viewing hole so you could see inside to where the flame sensor, combustion chamber, and the flame igniter.

Quickly Diagnose Gas Dryer

Once you remove the square turn the dryer on then get down and look through the window.

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Did the Gas Dryers Glow Igniter Glow?

Did the Gas Dryers Glow Igniter Glow? but not light the Fire?

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If a gas dryer glow igniter glowed red but the burner assembly did not catch on fire, that tells you half of the heating control circuit is properly working. If the dryer glows but does not ignite a flame:

  • High Limit Thermostat
  •  Cycling Thermostat
  •  Thermal Fuse
  • Thermal Cutoff Fuse
  • Glow Igniter
  • Flame Sensor

are all working and functioning properly.

Did the Dryers Glow Igniter Not Glow at All?

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If your Dryers Glow Igniter did not glow, It’s most likely one of 3 things:

  • Thermal Fuse
  • Glow Igniter
  • Control Board or Timer

If your gas dryer gets hot only for a few minutes and then shuts off, then its one of two things:

gas valve coil

High Limit Thermostat

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That was easy enough right? Knowing and referencing this information Greatly simplifies your dryer repair significantly.

What’s Next?

Now at this point, there are 2 things you need to know before you can continue forward with your dryer repair. In the next section, we will cover those “2 must-knows”.

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Gas Dryer Troubleshooting Guide

ordered from likely to unlikely.

Thermal Fuse

Gas Valve Coils

High Limit Thermostat

Cycling Thermostat

Glow Igniter

Thermal Cut Off Fuse

Flame Sensor

Timer/Control Board

I know it sounds like a lot but its really not, they’re all located near each other and can be checked in about 5 minutes.

What to Look for in your Dryer

These are what you are going to look for:

Dryer high limit thermostat, thermal fuse, thermistor, and operational thermostat 

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 Main causes for a gas dryer that doesn’t heat

 If you have an electric dryer go here to troubleshoot the main causes why a dryer is not heating

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Common Reasons a Dryer Won’t Start:

Power problems – Gas Dryer and Electric Dryer

Incoming power may be the problem with your dryer if it’s an electric dryer that isn’t working. Check your breakers and wall outlet. To check this, unplug the dryer and plug something else in the outlet. If the device won’t turn on, then a circuit breaker or fuse could be at fault.

Check the Breaker Box

The circuit breaker or fuse is functioning, then use a multimeter tester to check the outlet. If it turns out to be the wall outlet going to the dryer it is most likely either – Bad Breaker or Bad Receptacle Plug.

Dryer won’t Start: Check the Dryer Thermal Fuse

A Thermal Fuse or also known as a Blower House Fuse is the most common Dryer problem and is almost always due to a clogged dryer vent, or being pushed too far back against the wall. If it had been pushed back to far, (making it not be able to ventilate properly), then it most likely is your thermal fuse, or it could have a massive build-up inside that is restricting the airflow. 

Thermal Fuse is Required by Law

A Thermal fuse is a safety device that is mandatory by law, it protects your dryer from overheating and combusting Catching your home on Fire!. You’ll find the thermal fuse on the blower housing usually, if it’s not there, then check the heating element area on an electric dryer or the burner area on a gas dryer.

Dryer Door Switch: Dryer Won’t Turn On

That clicking you hear when you shut your dryer’s door is the dryer door switch. The clicking noise means the dryer door switch is activating. If the door switch is clicking when you press it, then it’s most likely functioning. If there’s no click, you’ll need to replace the door. Check it for continuity to know for sure-

Dryer Door Switch Tip

Tip: When your checking the dryer door switch for continuity, make sure to click the switch on the dryer door as you test it .. Or if you don’t take it off the dryer, you could just test the dryer door switch with the dryer door shut.

Drive Belt: Dryer Won’t Spin

If your dryer motor turns on but the drum isn’t turning, you’ll want to check the drive belt. However, some dryers have a switch that turns it off if the belt is broken. Either way, you’ll want to replace the drive belt.

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If an electrical current can run through it. The path is not broken It should show Continuity. This means that the continuity is broken, your dryer won’t work. The easiest way to test for continuity is with a multimeter tester. If there’s no continuity, you’ll need to replace the thermal fuse and clean the dryer’s venting before starting it back up again.

Dryer Start Switch: Dryer Repair

It’s somewhat simple to detect if a start switch is working. Try to start your dryer. If you hear a hum but it doesn’t start, then the start switch is okay. If nothing happens when you attempt to start your dryer, then you’ll need to check the continuity with a multimeter tester as described above.

No continuity? Time to replace the start switch. How to change dryer start button quick guide

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Dryer Belt Switch – Gas and Electric Dryer

Not all dryer models have a belt switch. You’ll want to check your owner’s manual or search using your model number.

If you hear a hum, then the belt switch is fine. If there’s no hum, use a multimeter to test the switch for continuity. No continuity when it’s running? New belt switch.

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It’s not often that the main control board is to blame if your drying won’t work. However, if you’ve determined that all of the above parts are in good shape, you’ll probably want to replace the main control board. While there’s no easy test to see if it’s functioning, the main control board sometimes shows signs of burning or a shorted-out component if it’s defective.

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A dryer’s timer is essentially your last hope, If none of the parts above are faulty, it may be time to replace the timer. As with the main control board, you can’t easily test a timer to see if it’s functioning or not, if it’s not,  your best bet is to just replace it.

Unfortunately, the cost of a timer or control for either a washing machine or a dryer can be very expensive. We suggest doing a price check before deciding to replace it or buy a new one.

Dryer Drive Motor

The dryer drive motor is what makes the dryer’s drum turn and the blower wheel to spin. If you’ve already checked the reasons 1-3 above and still haven’t found your problem.  Is your dryer motor still humming but not working? you’ll need to replace the dryer motor. Remove the belt from the motor and check the blower wheel for any obstructions. If it’s obstruction-free, the motor is probably no good and needs replacing.

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Dryer Buzzes

If your dryer motor just hums when you press the start button, that’s a definite sign that there is something wrong with the motor. If you have a dryer that is only buzzing when you press start I have some good news!. Hopefully its good news for you. You may be able to stop the dryer from humming by removing an object out of the blower wheel housing.

Accidents Happen

We have seen it many times where a rag or a screwdriver falls down into the lint Shute, wedges into the blower wheel causing it to become stuck and stop the motor from turning, once the object is removed the dryer starts spinning again.

If it’s your first time it will take you about 60 mins.

How do I Open a Dryer? Visalia Appliance Repair

If you have a bottom panel you will have to go through the front.

Most of these models give you access to the dryer’s heating components from the backside.

Here are quick example pictures show you how the spring catches work on a dryer bottom panel. Most models don’t have a bottom plate.

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 No matter what type of Dryer you have:

it is easy to Disassemble.

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On the Dryers, we are going to cover there are 4 screws that need to be removed to get access to your:

 Belt

 Glow Igniter

 Flame Sensor

 Gas Valve Coils

Dryer Repair: Quick and Detailed Step by Step DIY Guide

DIY Guide: How to Take Apart a Gas Dryer

 Taking a Dryer Apart from the Front: Dryers have 2 screws that are underneath the lint screen.

GE model dryers you can typically find the screws that hold on the top panel, underneath the door. Look at the above photo to get an idea of where to look. The 2 screws are Phillip’s head. (Watch our Video)

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Let’s start with how to open your  Clothes Dryer. Every Dryer disassembly is different.

what brand of the clothes dryer is your dryer?

ELECTROLUX DRYER

 MAYTAG DRYER

LG DRYER

GE DRYER

DECO DRYER

MAGIC CHEF DRYER

 PANDA DRYER

 AMANA DRYER

 LG SIGNATURE DRYER

WHIRLPOOL DRYER

FRIGIDAIRE DRYER

 DANBY DRYER

HAIER DRYER

EQUATOR DRYER

HOTPOINT DRYER

 BOSCH DRYER

 ROPER DRYER

 INGLIS DRYER

KIRKLAND DRYER

CROSLEY DRYER

KENMORE DRYER

Dryer Thermal Fuse: Visalia Dryer Repair

The first thing you want you to start with is your Thermal Fuse also known as a blower house fuse. On an electric dryer, there are only 5 Items to check if you’re dryer turns on, but doesn’t heat. We personally can fix a Clothes Dryer in 5-10 minutes.

I’m going to assume your getting power, and your door switch is not broken. Start with your thermal fuse because it’s the most common to go out.

Test the Dryer Thermal Fuse for Continuity

If it has no continuity or it gives an OL reading on the multimeter, replace it.

Dryer Thermal Fuse: Dryer Repair Visalia

the thermal fuse is mounted on the blower fan housing it detects the temperature of the air venting from the dryer to the outdoors, it will trip if the air becomes too hot (250+ Degrees) the thermal fuse always blows out because of an air restriction in the dryer, the vent tube, or the wall, most likely either:

  • Vent Tube is Clogged
  •  The dryer was pushed to far back against the wall
  • Lint Schutte has a Build-Up.

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 More Thermal Fuse Details

In an electric dryer, If blown the  Thermal Fuse shuts down the entire dryer, it won’t turn on or spin.

 Blown Thermal Fuse: Gas Dryer Repair

A Blown thermal fuse prevents the dryer from heating, the dryer still turns on but won’t get hot.

Thermal Fuses are Not Repairable or Reusable

 A Dryer thermal fuse doesn’t reset when the dryer cools and must be replaced…. OR .. You could simply Bypass It. Put the two wires together and tape them and the dryer will work.

Thermal Fuse 101

The dryer thermal fuse is a safety device to help keep your house from burning down it is strongly recommended you do not bypass it just replace it. It is a very cheap part. Here’s a Link.

Difficulty Level: 3 out of 10

Time Needed: 20 Mins

Changing a Thermal fuse is very cheap and is very simple. It only takes about 30 minutes or less.

Okay next part to test would be your Glow Igniter

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To test the igniter place one meter lead on each terminal of the igniter, You should measure some resistance reading between 4 and 400 ohms through the igniter. If your ignitor shows OL on the meter replace it, Sometimes you could just visually inspect it and see a niche in the glow igniter and know it’s bad.

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Watch the dryer glow igniter for several minutes to see if it stays lit or fades out the igniter should fade off to divert electric current through the gas valve coils to light the burner when the flame sensor detects that the igniter is hot enough.

Dryer Igniter

If the gas dryers igniter glows constantly for five minutes, you’ll need to replace the flame sensor because it isn’t shutting out the igniter to divert current through the gas valve coil

High Limit Thermostat:

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If your dryers high limit thermostat has no continuity or it gives an OL reading on the multimeter, replace it.

place the one-meter lead on each of the high limit thermostat terminals, when working properly it will give you a reading on the multimeter, if it’s bad, replace it. If the High Limit Thermostat is bad, nothing will happen on the multimeter.

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 The high limit thermostat  Controls the dryer’s temperature, it sends the signal that it’s hot enough inside, and when it does the dryer shuts the heat off by breaking continuity for about 2-3 mins then, re-ignites the dryer for about 5-10 mins. 

When a Dryers high limit thermostat cools down, it turns back on and heat is activated again.

Testing High Limit Thermostat

Test it for Continuity, if it reads no continuity. Replace it. Don’t test it while it’s warm, you won’t get a proper reading.  A Dryer high limit thermostat temperature ranges between 110 degrees (Turns On) – 225 degrees (Turns Off).

Note:  It is recommended by manufacturers that if the high limit thermostat has gone out on you, it would be wise to change the cycling thermostat at the same time as well. They usually come as a set.

Where is my Dryer High Limit Thermostat?

The dryers high limit thermostat is located on the burner assembly, it will always be near the burner assembly so it can sense the temperature.

Is your high limit thermostat still good? Let’s continue to the next thing to check:

If you haven’t found your problem yet, let’s continue on to the heating element.

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Cycling Thermostat – DIY/ How to  Repair a Dryer

The Dryers Cycling Thermostat is located right below the dryer thermal fuse, or near it.

If it has no continuity or it gives an OL reading on the multimeter, replace it.

To test it, place one multimeter lead on the red wire (Top Wire) and the other one on the red/white wire (Bottom Wire) you should have continuity. if you measure no continuity, the dryers operating thermostat it is defective, replace it.

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 If you have 4 wires on your dryer thermostat, test the top and bottom wires, not the middle wires. The dryer Cycling Thermostat is also known as the operating thermostat.

Next to check would be the high limit thermostat. Let’s go over a dryers high limit thermostat.

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Gas Valve Coils: Dryer Repairs Visalia Ca

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This DIY dryer repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for how to replace the gas valve coils on a gas dryer. The dryer gas valve coils open the gas valves when the dryer is ready to heat up. If the dryer heats in the beginning, then stop heating when you come back the problem is usually the gas valve coils. If its not the gas valve coils it would be the High Limit Thermostat.

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That’s because weak gas valve coils can sometimes open the valves when you first start the dryer, but when the burner cycles off and then try to re-light again, weak gas valve coils can’t open the valves again correctly, test run the dryer a couple of times. Replace the failed valve coils with an approved replacement part.

Dryers can be Tricky

Some dryer models require removing the dryer drum to reach the valve coils. Here’s a repair guide that shows how to remove a dryer drum.

This process works for Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate gas dryers with a lint screen located on the top. Although opening a dryer may differ, you can use the same basic repair steps to replace gas valve coils in Frigidaire, GE and Electrolux models.

Flame Sensor: Dryer Repair in Visalia Ca.

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This DIY dryer repair guide explains how to replace the flame sensor on a gas dryer.

Located on the burner funnel, the flame sensor detects the igniter temperature. When the igniter is hot enough to light the gas burner, the flame sensor shuts off the igniter, the coils open the gas valves, and the burner ignites.

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 If the dryers flame sensor fails, it won’t shut off the igniter, gas won’t flow to the dryer’s burner, and the dryer, of course, won’t heat.

You can determine if the flame sensor is faulty by following the troubleshooting tips in our Gas Dryer Won’t Heat Troubleshooting Video. Replace a failed flame sensor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate

This process works for Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate gas dryers with a lint screen housing located in the top cabinet panel. Although the procedure for opening the dryer cabinet differs, you also can use the same basic repair steps to replace the flame sensor in Frigidaire, GE and Electrolux models.

Dryer Timer: Visalia Appliance Repair

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This DIY washer repair guide explains how to replace a dryer timer on a dryer without keypad controls. The timer controls functions such as heating, spinning and the length of each cycle. A motor inside the dryer’s timer advances internally inside the timer.

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Sometimes the dryer timer can not open and close electrical contacts that control the starting, stopping, or heating of the dryer properly. If the timer doesn’t operate correctly, replace it with a manufacturer-approved replacement part. You can use this repair procedure to replace the timer in:

Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Estate, Crosley and Roper direct-drive, top-load washers.