Jan 122011

Notice the glow of the orange flame from the ignitor but no gas ignition. If the ignitor is cycling on and of and the gas valve is not letting gas to the burner you have bad booster coils. These are the two round coils on top of the valve. When the ignitor is glowing and drawing enough amperage the coils will energize and gas will pour out to the ignitor to be ignited.

Most Whirlpool/Kenmore style dryers, here is how to access and repair your dryer.

-Remove the lint filter
-Remove two screws under the dryers lint filter (On, lint filter on top models)
-Insert putty knife where front meets dryers top, about two inches from both corners push in and top will lift.(Lint filter in door model)
-Remove two 5/16 screws located on upper front inside panel
-Lift front panel up and out of lower clips
-Unhook dryers door switch
-Reach in and loosen and remove belt
-Pull the drum up and off the rollers

Now you are inside the dryer and are able to see the booster coils, on top of the gas valve they are mounted with a solid metal housing remove the screw and lift the cover off. Unhook the wires from the coils and replace, Install the new set. Looking on the top of the coils you will notice a small plastic abrasion this must line up with the metal cover when getting reinstalled.

Put the unit back together and listen for the sound of the gas lighting. If your dryers model has an access cover,  you are able to watch from a distance the flame light. If you are sure the gas is turned on and you have good pressure replacing the booster coils will take care of the problem. You can ohm the coils out if a multimeter is available,not everyone has one laying around to test voltage.

Jan 122011

Several factors can cause a dryer to take an abnormal amount of time to dry a load of clothes. Here is a short checklist to narrow down the culprit.

-Is the dryer vent hose kinked?
-Is the vent hose clogged?
-Is the dryer cycling on safety thermostat?
-Has the automatic sensor has failed?

If you have good air flow with the vent removed and very little air flow outside where the dryer vents then the vent is clogged and will need to be cleaned with professional tools.  When a dryer cannot vent properly it can get too hot and force the unit to cycle on the safety thermostat.  When this happens the unit will short cycle and the load could take days to dry.

If your dryer is taking longer than 50 minutes on the timed dry cycle you should have your vents inspected by a vent cleaning business.

Most vent cleaning business will come out and clean the vent for a reasonably price.  In my area the average vent clean is about $120 dollars.

Our company uses a high power 200 psi compressor with a reverse spinning scorpion ball, sounds pretty impressive right, well it kinda is. It’s a spinning ball that has reversed drill holes to blow the lint back down the vent pipe and out. The spinning ball knocks the lint loose and the positive air pressure from the compressor force the wet paper looking lint out of your vent.

Your vent should be cleaned or inspected at least once a year.  This will help ensure that the vent is not clogged with lint or any other foreign debris. Birds, snakes and critters all try to nest inside dryer vents.  If you do not have the proper vent housing connected to the outside, these creatures will live inside your vent and restrict the air flow.

Jan 122011

This air flow error code refers to the dryer vent. This can refer to the dryer’s lint screen, the thermistor behind the filter, or the vent itself could be clogged.

In order to determine which one is the problem we will need to gather some information.

1. Will water pour through lint filter’s mess?

2. Outside where the unit vents on the side of the house can you feel air coming out?

3. Is the vent hose on the backside kinked or clogged?

4. Obstruction on vent housing outside (if screen is present on outside remove right away this is a fire hazard.)

Water should pour through the lint filter easily. Fabric sheets will put a layer of wax on the lint screen causing the dryer air circulation to be cut off. We should be able to feel warm, moist air at the vent outside.  If air is not present you are in need of a dryer vent cleaning. A kinked or clogged vent hose can also cause the E01 error code. Ensure the vent  hose is clear and placed in position with as few bends as necessary. When the vent is clear the E01 error should clear itself upon start up.