Dryers are a huge upgrade from the line drying technique used for many centuries. They have become a necessity in today’s fast paced culture. When they stop working, it can be such a hassle to get it repaired.
Our gas dryer at home stopped heating fully after the first minute or so. After a quick call to our local repair man, he suggested to replace the burner valve coils. These often fail, preventing the dryer from heating fully because one of the coils won’t energize enough to open the gas valve.
Luckily, these are easy to replace, and generally inexpensive.
Before you begin any of this process, unplug your appliance from the electrical outlet. This is always the most important step to prevent injuries.
First (depending on your model) you have to pop off the top lid, and front panel to get to the igniter assembly.
On our model, we had to unscrew the bolts on the inside of the lint trap. Next, there is a switch that clicks into place when you close the top lid, this needs to be pushed back with a screw driver, or flat-ish tool, to lift the lid. Once the lid is hinged backwards, you’ll need to separate the wires running along the inside of the side panels, and front panel. You can use a screw driver here to undo the latch in the plug.
After this, you need to undo another couple of screws to remove the front panel. Then you’ll be able to get to the igniter assembly in the lower section of your dryer.
Looking at the assembly can be intimidating at first, but the part you need to replace is just sitting on top, and easily accessible. If you can not access it easily with tools, you may need to pull out the tub.
Once you locate the coils, unplug the wires running to them by simply pulling on them. Undo the screws holding them in place, and pull them out. Replace them with the new ones, placing them exactly how the original ones were set in there. Tighten the screws that hold them in place, and plug the wires back into the respective plugs.
After you make sure all screws are back in place, replace the tub, if necessary.
Line up the front panel, and snap it back into place, and replace the bolts holding it in place. Make sure to reattach the wires from the side panels to the front, and finally, snap the top lid back into place, and replace the screws in the lint trap.
That’s it! (Oh, and plug your dryer back into the outlet! Don’t forget that part!)
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