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7 Reasons Your Gas Dryer Is Not Heating

Gas dryer not getting heat? There are multiple parts in a gas dryer that can be faulty and cause the gas dryer to stop heating. If your gas dryer is not heating, see below for the 7 most likely parts and issues that can cause your gas dryer to stop heating. We will talk about each part and what it does.

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Remember when testing components or replacing parts in your gas dryer, always be sure the dryer is unplugged and there is no chance of gas leaking by turning off the gas valve.

1 – Faulty Gas Valve Solenoid Coils

These open the gas valves and let gas flow into the burner.
Check if the igniter is glowing and shuts off but there is no flame.
If there is no flame, the Gas Valve Solenoid Coil(s) are faulty and need to be replaced.

2 – Blown Thermal Fuse

(on blower housing or on burner assembly)
The thermal fuse is most likely blown and if the thermal fuse blows, it cuts power to the burner.
This is most likely caused by a clogged venting system and the heat cannot escape.
Remove the Thermal Fuse and test it for continuity using a multimeter.
If the Thermal Fuse has continuity, this lets you know the problem is elsewhere.
If the Thermal Fuse has no continuity, it needs to be removed and replaced.
Clean out the venting system for your gas dryer with a wand type vacuum cleaner and suck out all lint.

3 – Faulty Igniter

Ignites the gas in the burner to create a flame.
If igniter fails the gas will not be ignited and the gas dryer will not heat up.
Remove the Igniter and test it for continuity using a multimeter.
If the Igniter has continuity, this lets you know the problem is elsewhere.
If the Igniter has no continuity, it needs to be removed and replaced.

4 – Gas Supply To The Dryer

Be sure the gas supply line is OPEN and supplying gas to your gas dryer.
Check to be sure the gas supply line is securely connected to the wall and to the dryer.
If you find the gas supply line is damaged, remove and replace it.

5 – Defective Flame Sensor

This component detects the heat that is emitted by flame.
If the Flame Sensor is faulty, the dryer will not heat.
Remove the Flame Sensor and test it for continuity using a multimeter.
If Flame Sensor has continuity, this lets you know the problem is elsewhere.
If the Flame Sensor has no continuity, it needs to be removed and replaced.

6 – Faulty High Limit or Cycling Thermostat

(Located on burner assembly)
The High Limit Thermostat regulates dryer temp and shuts off the burner if the dryer overheats.
The Cycling Thermostat cycles the burner ON and OFF to regulate air temperature.
If either of these thermostats are faulty, the burner will not work.
Remove the Thermostat and test for continuity using a multimeter.
If the Thermostat has continuity, this lets you know the problem is elsewhere.
If the Thermostats have no continuity, one or both needs to be removed and replaced.

7 – Faulty or Loose Wiring In Gas Dryer

A turned off gas valve or improperly connected gas line means no gas can get to the dryer.
If any of the wiring going to any of the parts above are loose, not connected, or damaged, this will cause the gas dryer to not heat.
Be sure to examine the gas dryer and check ALL wiring as sometimes it is just a simple wiring issue that is causing the dryer to not heat.


Gas Dryer Parts - Fuse - Thermostat
Gas Dryer Parts – Fuse – Thermostat


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NOTE: If you need to look at a DRYER REPAIR SERVICE MANUAL, they are all here. All dryer service repair manuals are for all makes of dryers. Using a service manual to understand the dryer and will help you to fix your dryer yourself.

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12 thoughts on “7 Reasons Your Gas Dryer Is Not Heating”

  1. Whirpool WGD4800XQ1

    I’ve replaced the igniter, solenoid, all thermostats, timer and thermal fuse. The timer and solenoid did not have continuity, everything else got swapped out because it came with the other stuff when I bought it. Dryer blows cold air only. I cannot see any glow nor can I smell gas when I turn it on. Any ideas?

  2. Melissa M Wells

    Replaced igniter in my gas dryer but keeps blowing itself out. I have a Maytag MDG9316BWW

    Will not heat.
    I have checked the following for continuity thermal fuse igniter flame sensor heating element high limit thermostat cycling thermostat safety switch.
    All tested good.
    I replaced the igniter assembly unit with a new unit, coils, igniter, valve set.
    U used a mirror and could not see igniter glowing.
    I disconnected the igniter plug and tested the connector on the wire harness side for voltage.
    I had the dryer plugged in.. but not turned on.. I had zero volts…???

  4. I have a LG Dlg8388nm gas dryer not getting hot.
    It will ignite and burn for a few seconds then shuts off and repeats that cycle.
    I replaced gas valve because I thought that was the cause.
    But no change.
    Done all the checks from suggestions.

  5. I have the same problem…Sears will not let me talk to a technician….can have one here due to pandemic…..all components test OK…and I even replaced coils anyway…did you ever find out what the problem was??

  6. My Samsung gas dryer does not start. It clicks but would not start spinning. What would be causing this? Thank you for your help in advance.

  7. Allison Cooper

    Kenmore elite gas dryer model 11094834201
    So I decided to do an extra cleaning of the lint screen, I unscrewed 3 screws that hold the lint screen compartment, there were wires connected to the moisture sensor bars, I was gentle and just laid the whole thing over inside the dryer. Then I cleaned the massive amount of lent that was down inside there. After cleaning all that I could reach I put it back together and screwed the 3 screws back in. Well! I did something???? Now the dryer won’t dry my clothes! It runs fine, starts right up as usual but won’t get hot or stay hot. It’s weird, I’ve pulled the bottom panel off and watched the igniter light the flame and after maybe 5 seconds a click happens and it shuts off. It will try to light up every few minutes but gets clicked off every time, or so I think but also sometimes I go to get laundry out….hey we’ve got 5 kids and beasts for dogs, lots of laundering:/ so yeah we are using it, but anyway sometimes it’s hot in there and the clothes are dry?????????wtheck???? Please somebody help me!!!!!

  8. Kenmore Elite Dishwasher has a noise in the last 2:13 seconds of washing cycle. It sound like it is in the left lower side of washer. Dish washer is empty at the time of noise. I cleaned out trap and screen plus hose to disposal. I have a video of noise. Could I send it to you? I washed a cycle and it cleaned well. Just worried about continued intermittent fluttery noise.

  9. Kenmore Elite HE3 110.97892601 does not heat. I have replaced the gas coils, igniter, high temp thermostat, therafuse, and the cycling thermostat. The dryer worked for one load and again it will not heat. I noticed that the igniter does not glow and checked the surrounding wires to ensure nothing came loose… not sure what else i can do.

  10. Maytag gas washer /dryer combo(stackable) takes multiple cycles to dry clothes.drum is spinning,vent inside dryer gets holy to the touch but the clothes never seem to hardly even get warm,I clean lint trap between every load and I can actually see flame while dryer is is in use so burner seems to be working…need advice on how to repair please

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