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Offline rlgdguy

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Whirlpool
« on: August 18, 2011, 09:50:02 PM »
I have a gas dryer that has started to blow "warm & cold" air only, even when on high heat. The flame comes right on and continuously stays lit, but the heat just does not get that hot anymore. This means our clothes are taking 3 times as long to dry and is a real hassle. I have vacuumed out the entire vent system and it wasn't that bad to be honest. Any suggestions as to what it might be?

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 10:16:05 PM »
Please post the model number of your dryer. Did you take the dryer apart and clean out around the blower housing?
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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2011, 12:54:15 PM »
I did, cleaned out the dryer from top to bottom, inside and out. My wife is telling me now that the timer (controls) is not moving after you set it, no matter what setting its on.

Wow I feel dumb. I just looked up at the control panel and as it turns out, its not a Whirlpool, it's an Admiral.

Admiral Model # AGD4475TQ0

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2011, 01:16:11 PM »
Did you remove the filter housing and wash it out?.

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2011, 04:33:58 PM »
I did and unsurpisingly (at least to me) there was hardly any dust trapped in there. I regularly use one of those long lint brushes to keep the duct clean, hoping to avoid any issues and cleaned the vent going to the outside too.

As I said before, the flame continuously goes when required (even if timer not turning), it just doesn't seem to get that hot. Does it sound like that could be a thermostat issue or would replacing the timer (which is pretty expensive $93) solve the issue? Thanks for the replies thus far.

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2011, 04:46:46 PM »
Sometimes the coils themselves overheat and quit.The ignitor would just cycle on and off as the sensor cooled down. 99 and 44 100ths % never gonna be the timer. Change the control thermostat on the blower housing;
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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2011, 04:51:17 PM »
Replace the cycling thermostat. I looked up your model and it uses cycling thermostat part # 3387134.

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2011, 07:17:24 PM »
i bet its the coils on the gas valve.  they tend to shut off early when they start to go bad.  I dont see to many thermostats that start cutting off at a lower than normal temperature.

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2011, 07:46:14 PM »
i bet its the coils on the gas valve.  they tend to shut off early when they start to go bad.  I dont see to many thermostats that start cutting off at a lower than normal temperature.

That's what I was thinking too. Your model dryer uses coil kit part # 279834



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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2011, 08:19:29 PM »
Might not hurt to replace the control AND them pesky coils
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« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2011, 03:21:10 PM »
I am going to replace the coils first and see what happens.

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2011, 03:26:27 PM »
Also, are these hard wired in or will they just pop in and out?

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Re: Whirlpool
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2011, 03:36:58 PM »
Also, are these hard wired in or will they just pop in and out?

There is a video at this URL that will show you how to change them.





WHIRLPOOL 279834 Coil Kit for Dryer Gas Valve (2 Coils, New Style), AP3094251


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