Model #11087679800 KENMORE Residential Dryer

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My gas dryer's burner does not stay on ( warm) very long.

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I think we all get a little frustrated when an appliance we depend on starts acting up on us. I'm sorry to hear that you are having some issues with your Kenmore dryer. I did some research at Managemylife website and found two expert answers to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond. I have attached the links below so you can check it out. I hope they will shed some light on what may be happening.

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James -
April 20, 2012
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The key to the problem is knowing what the ignitor is doing. If the ignitor glows and then clicks off without a flame then the problem is likely the valve or coils. When the ignitor clicks off then listem for a buzz or hum from the gas coils. If you hear a hum or buzz and there is no flame then likely the valve is bad. If you hear nothing it's likely the coils are bad. The two coils come in a kit for about $24 dollars. They can be obtained from the following link: Kenmore Gas Dryer Coil Kit . Both coils come in this kit. The valve is a little more expensive at $142 dollars. You can obtain the valve at the following link: Kenmore Gas Dryer Gas Valve . It will be difficult to pin down which is at fault. Watch and listen to see if you can confirm which is bad. I hope this helps. You can reply with any additional details for further assistance.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
April 22, 2012
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Thanks, all for the input. Just to let you know, I put in a new ignitor and the flame would only stay on for about 4-5 minutes ( which it was doing before I swiched out the ignitor). Then I put in new coils and the dryer is working fine now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( With the new coils the burner stayed on about 20 minutes, then swiched off for about 15 minutes, the it swiched on for about 7 minutes, then off and on every, about 6 minutes. I'm pretty sure this is how the burner is supposed to work, like it's thermostatically controlled). BTY the ignitor is very fragile, so be careful when you remove the old one ( in case you want to use it again if the ignitor is not the problem). Be careful, likewise when you install the new one ( don't bang the fragile end).

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Brad -
April 25, 2012
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The ignitor are fragile. If you touch the ignitor bar with your fingers the oil from the fingers will shorten the life of the ignitor. The cycle on and off you describe does sound normal. Good job.

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Fred M -
Sears Technician
April 27, 2012
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