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 Posted: Mon May 22nd, 2006 06:08 pm
   
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I inherited a KitchenAid Superba w/d pair with my house, so I do not know how old they are.  The dryer is model KGYE777BWH1.  Yesterday, it refused to dry the second to last load of laundry.  :X It is a gas dryer and normally when you start a cycle, 30 seconds to 1 minute later- you hear the gas burner light.  Not now...

Handy husband unplugged and pulled it from the wall- vacuuming all visible lint and checking the vent for a blockage.  It still refuses to heat- it starts and rotates as it should. 

What would you suggest?  I am a little afraid to have husband mess with too much as this is a gas dryer and I don't want to create a leak or start a fire. 

What is most ironic is that its partner washer seems to have a noisy bearing that we've been ignoring for months... and now the dryer goes out! 

Hints and help are appreciated- thanks in advance! 

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 Posted: Mon May 22nd, 2006 06:52 pm
   
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It could be as simple as thermal fuse that is located in back behind the panel.  Attached you will see a picture of where it is located,  compliments of the Samurai.  You can ohm it out to see if you have continuity or you can temp.  jump it to see if the heater fires up.  Do not leave it jumped,  this is a safety feature.   Another way is to check for voltage to the ignitor.  If you have voltage going to the ignitor,  and it doesn't light,  your ignitor is the problem.  You can do this check by dropping the front panel, you will see the ignitor in the burner assy.  Ron

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2006 04:49 am
   
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Think that your problem is the ignitor, if it runs but is not igniting, in the burner area before it ignites usually you will see a bright orangish yellow glow, this is the ignitor bar, and sometimes with use they become unable to reach the temp that is nessasary to light the gas, even though the will still glow, in my experience 9 out of 10 times the ignitor is the problem, change that and it should light.

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 Posted: Wed May 24th, 2006 03:16 pm
   
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The ignitor in a gas dryer has to cycle off for the burner to open, does not stay on for the gas valve to open and stay open, is a different system from an oven, either the ignitor is good or bad, no in between..do you know if the ignitor is coming on or not???  We need to know this...



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 Posted: Thu May 25th, 2006 10:09 pm
   
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I don't think the ignitor showed any signs of life- but husband was the one who stuck his head under the dryer, so I'm not certain.

He asked me to order a replacement ignitor since he felt it was easier to get to and others suggested that was the more likely culprit.  The part is visible from the front access panel. 

My ignitor kit is currently on the way from the website (which was amazingly easy to use and very friendly for order tracking).  I suggested to husband that we order both the ignitor and the fuse, just in case but he didn't want to. 

We shall see if he's successful in this repair.  He was successful in repairing our fridge last fall with everyone here's help.  That was kind of sad though since I really wanted a new one... 

fingers crossed as the laundry piles up...

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 Posted: Thu May 25th, 2006 10:15 pm
   
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Thanks for letting us know, however please do not be surprised if the igniter still does not come on, he should have ordered the fuse first..or also??...but we will see...why people order parts before checking to see if they are bad or not is beyond me...:?



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 Posted: Sat May 27th, 2006 03:54 am
   
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Well, it appears that the problem wasn't the ignitor.  We replaced it and it still won't light.  So, next time husband might listen when I suggest ordering both parts- just in case.  :D (Now he's looking at having no clean socks next week!)

When you look at the thermal fuse, is there any VISUAL EVIDENCE that it is bad?  Or does a good one look the same as one that has gone bad?

thanks in advance.  

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You need to test it with your ohm meter to see if it reads good or bad, cannot tell by looking at it, but as was said before, the thermofuse is most likely the problem...



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 Posted: Sat May 27th, 2006 04:12 am
   
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If the thermofuse if bad your dryer overheated for some reason, either the dryer vent to the outside is blocked or the cycling thermostat on the vent housing is going bad also, need to replace the fuse and thermostat also and check the dryer vent to the outside to be sure it is clear...



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 Posted: Tue May 30th, 2006 05:30 pm
   
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It appears that the fuse was it- but we went ahead and left the new ignitor kit in place since it seems that these fail with some frequency.  We've saved the old part for emergencies. 

We now have clean socks in the house.  Thanks for all the help- and I have referred several neighbors and friends, telling them that you too can fix things. 

thanks for all the help.

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 Posted: Tue May 30th, 2006 08:01 pm
   
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Guess we flooded you with too much information,  glad you got it going..Ron

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***My post has been moved to a new unique thread by request due to different model numbers and slightly different issues. My new tread can be read here: http://applianceguru.com/view_topic.php?id=18176&forum_id=2 ***

Hi folks, I thought this would be an apporpriate thread to place my question in as I am having a very similar problem with my Kithchen Aid Superba LP dryer (model: KGYS850LQ1).

Mine will heat for a few minutes and then the burner stops while the drum keeps spinning. I've checked the thermal fuse and the thermostat, both of which appear to be functioning properly....



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 Posted: Mon Nov 10th, 2008 03:59 am
   
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please start a New Topic ...

so as not to confuse OP's problem/answers with yours..

(also different model number)

could be a bad Igniter.. and/or intermittent Gas Valve Coils

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