dryer won't stay hot, gas smell

ApplianceKenmore Dryer

Model417.911

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repair30 - 60 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools Pliers
Screw drivers

Dirk From Sonoma, CA

Jan 03, 2008

39 out of 46 people found this instruction helpful

Pulled unit out from wall to access back panel. Top needs to be removed to get to the screws that hold on the front panel and door. These need to be removed to get to the valve and burner.

Once your in, the sensor, thermostat, and igniter are right up front. Sensor and thermostat were easy, the igniter breaks very easily...how do I know? Cause I broke the one I bought and had to get a new one.

I also replaced the coil set for the gas valve, because I had read that they can go bad and cause a gas fume smell. The coils are cheap, so you may as well as do them at the same time.

Anyway, once the repair was complete, I reassembled the unit and hooked up the vent.

Runs like new, and the clothes dry quickly.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Cycling Thermostat

Part Number: PS419279

$61.82
In Stock

Flame Sensor

Part Number: PS459818

$35.99
In Stock

Igniter

Part Number: PS900236

$29.65
In Stock