I have a 1979 Maytag gas dryer and it only feels like igniting the gas
every other load - I have to open the little door and jiggle the wires
and *sometimes* the thing starts to glow and fire up the gas...Other
times it just spins cold, wet clothes for an hour. Sometimes I try to
wipe off the thing at the end of the gas pipe that glows and get
slightly electrocuted for my trouble...
I had similar wiring issues with an old caddy power window motor. I
drowned the thing in WD40 and then the window worked fine...
So I am thinking some compressed air and a *bit* if WD40 on the wiring
connectors after I get in there and confirm there are no loose
Anything else I should be checking? I really don't feel like going
for a new gas dryer...
Well I would have to guess you have a bad connection, likely at the glow
bar. You may need to clean both connections to it. This means
disconnecting them and making sure the surfaces are clean of any corrosion.
I don't think WD-40 is the right tool for this. This time make sure you
pull the plug before you touch it. :-)
BTW you should not touch that glow bar at all. It can cause it to burn
out. I would not be too surprised if the glow bar has a crack in it and
needs to be replaced.
For the replacement, I suggest that you make sure
it has humidity sensing, and that after it finishes, based
on humidity, it then shifts into an 'air only' cycle of at least
ten minutes. So that the clothes are no longer hot and causing wrinkles to
be put into them like ironing them in.
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