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Is my dryer heating failure caused by a bad thermostat or a gas problem?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
October 20th, 2009

I have a Kenmore gas dryer model number 110.76512695. The dryer runs, heats up then the fire dies down. It takes 10 hours to dry clothes. I bypassed the thermal fuse and that is not the problem. Is there anything I can do to test parts to find which one I need?

The fire actually starts up for a few minutes then the igniter seems to light up but the fire won't come back. Is this a thermostat problem, or gas problem?

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Dryers , Kenmore , Washers
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Lyle W
The theory of operation for the gas valve assembly is shown in the first image below. The second image shows the wiring diagram for your dryer. Since the igniter is glowing, it is likely that you have weak gas valve coils that are causing this heating problem. The gas valve coils are likely strong enough to initially open the gas valves since they are cold at start-up. Once they heat up after the first ignition, they are not strong enough to open the gas valves on subsequent ignition attempts. Based on your symptoms, it is likely that you will need to replace these gas valve coils. There is a kit available from the

Sears PartsDirect

website that contains both coils. The part number for this kit 279834. It costs less than ordering the coils separately.

These tips should help you resolve this dryer problem. If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.
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