Gas Dryer

The dryer works by tumbling the clothing and blowing air through the drum. The drum has baffles protruding into the drum to keep the clothes from bunching up. The length of time the dryer runs and the air temperature are elements of the various drying cycles. A motor turns the clothes drum and also turns a fan (called the blower). The air flow from the blower passes over a heating element. The air then passes through the drum and out the back of the dryer through ducts to the vent which is typically located outdoors. A gas dryer uses a burner assembly which is comprised of a control valve with 1 or 2 solenoids (also called coils), a gas jet, an igniter and a sensor. When the dryer is started, the igniter heats up, when the sensor detects the heat it signals the solenoid on the control valve to open and release the gas which is then lit by the glowing hot igniter. The igniter turns off but the gas jet remains open. The burning jet of gas keeps the sensor warm which keeps the gas valve open until the thermostat signals the control valve to stop the flow of gas. The dryer cannot operate until the door switch signals that the door is closed. The start button must then be pressed to enable the timer control. The timer control either regulates the length of time the dryer runs or it works in conjunction with a moisture sensor that measures the water vapor in the drum to determine when the clothes have dried. The temperature selector controls the maximum temperature inside the drum with the aid of thermostats. The heat turns on and off as needed to maintain the temperature.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

DRYER DOES NOT WORK AT ALL

Make sure dryer is plugged in securely

Check for blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker

Test the power outlet for current

Inspect the electrical cord for damage

Eliminate the use of an extension cord (if used)

Check the outlet voltage.

Test the door switch

Test the start switch

Test the safety fuse

Test the thermostats

Test the motor

 

DRYER TUMBLES BUT THERE IS NO HEAT

Check for proper air flow

Test the igniter

Test the gas jet

Test the flame sensor

Test the safety fuse

Test the thermostats

Test the centrifugal switch

Test the temperature selector switch

 

DRYER TAKES TOO LONG OR HEATS COMES ON ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME

Check the lint trap

Check for proper air flow

Inspect the vent hose for kinks or dips

Test the thermostats

Test the gas valve coils

Test the flame sensor

 

DRYER DRUM DOES NOT TUMBLE

Check the drum belt

Check the idler pulley

Test the motor

 

DRYER OVERHEATS

Check the lint trap

Check for proper air flow

Test the thermostats

 

DRYER WILL NOT STOP AUTOMATICALLY

Test the moisture sensor

Test the thermostats

WARNING: Disconnect power before removing any parts from the oven. If you are not comfortable doing any of these tests yourself, than you should get a technician to check the appliance for you.

The information in this website contains POSSIBLE REPAIR SOLUTIONS. This information is intended to assist customers in troubleshooting the possible problems that your appliance might be having. The information comes from a variety of sources and therefore in no way implies or suggests that this will be a guaranteed solution for your problem. They are merely a guide to help to assist you in troubleshooting your appliance. Any parts that are purchased in the effort to fix your appliance, that do not solve your problem are the sole responsibility of the consumer. Timers that are repaired or purchased from Turner’s Timer Repair are NOT RETURNABLE and our normal warranty policy will take effect.