How to Replace a Flame Sensor in a Gas Dryer

 

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This DIY dryer repair guide explains how to replace the flame sensor on a gas dryer. Located on the burner funnel, the flame sensor detects the igniter temperature. When the igniter is hot enough to light the gas burner, the flame sensor shuts off the igniter, the coils open the gas valves, and the burner ignites. If the flame sensor fails, it won't shut off the igniter, gas won't flow to the burner, and the dryer won't heat. You can determine if the flame sensor is faulty by following the troubleshooting tips in our Gas Dryer Won't Heat Troubleshooting Video. Replace a failed flame sensor with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

This procedure works for Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Roper, Crosley and Estate gas dryers with a lint screen housing located in the top cabinet panel. Although the procedure for opening the dryer cabinet differs, you also can use the same basic repair steps to replace the flame sensor in Frigidaire, GE and Electrolux models.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Flame sensor

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Nut driver set
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Putty knife
  • Slot screwdriver
  • Wrench set
  • Vacuum cleaner or shop vac
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replacing a Flame Sensor in a Gas Dryer

Step 1: Shut off the power and gas supply

Unplug the dryer to disconnect electrical power. Shut off the gas supply to the dryer.

Step 2: Remove the lint screen

Pull the lint screen out of the housing in the top panel of the dryer.

Step 3: Remove the lint screen housing screws

Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 screws that secure the lint screen housing to the top panel.

Step 4: Raise the cabinet top

To release the clips that lock the top of the dryer in place, push a putty knife under the lid near the left and right edges of the front of the dryer. Lift the top and prop it securely against the wall behind the dryer. 

Step 5: Disconnect the door switch wire harness

Use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tab on the wire harness plug for the door switch. Disconnect the wire harness. 

Step 6: Remove the front panel

Use a 5/16" nut driver to remove the front panel mounting screws from the inside of the cabinet. Pull the front panel forward slightly, and then lift and unhook it from the 2 bottom hangers. Pull the front panel off of the dryer and set it aside.

Step 7: Remove the drum

Note the configuration of the belt on the idler pulley and the motor pulley before removing it—you might find it helpful to take a digital picture of it so you know how to reinstall it. 

Push the idler pulley to the right to release tension on the drive belt. Pull the drive belt off of the idler pulley and the motor pulley. Pull the drum out of the dryer and set it aside. 

 Tip: Use the drive belt that you just released from the pulleys to lift the drum up and out of the dryer cabinet.

Step 8: Remove the flame sensor

Disconnect the wires from the flame sensor.

Remove the mounting screw and pull out the flame sensor.

Step 9: Install the new flame sensor

Position the new flame sensor on the burner funnel and reinstall the mounting screw.

Connect the wires to the new flame sensor.

 Tip: While the cabinet is open, vacuum the dust and lint from inside the dryer cabinet.

Step 10: Reinstall the drum

Place the rear of the drum on top of the support roller that's on the rear panel inside the dryer cabinet. Lift the front of the drum to access the drive motor and idler pulley. 

Referring to the digital picture of the configuration, thread the drive belt through the idler pulley. Push the idler pulley to the right and loop the drive belt over the motor pulley. 

Step 11: Reinstall the front panel

Position the front panel on the hangers at the bottom of the cabinet. Line up the mounting holes and reinstall the screws in the top of the front panel to secure it to the dryer cabinet.

Step 12: Reconnect the door switch wire harness

Plug the wire harness back into the plug on the door switch. Make sure the locking tab engages properly.

Step 13: Reassemble the dryer

Lower the top panel and snap it into place. Reinstall the screws in the lint duct housing and reinstall the lint screen.

Step 14: Restore power and the gas supply

Plug the dryer into the wall outlet. Turn on the gas supply to the dryer.