My clothes are taking three times as long to dry. Why?

Hi! Here's the problem... My neighbor has a Kenmore 80 Series, Model #110.70832990, Type DWSR-NAT-1206006-CV22, INPUT 22000 BTU/HR. The problem with it, it takes 3 times as long to dry the clothes, as it usually does. And, she says that she has been smelling gas, inside of the dryer. Yes, I did tell her to shut the gas off (valve to the dryer). Is the gas leak, what's causing the decline in performance? Thanks. - Jonathan

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Priscilla V

A Dryer is definitely something we depend on and when it begins to malfunction it can be a huge inconvenience. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/110018-dryer-taking-long-time-dry-clothes

http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/questions/200022-why-is-my-gas-dryer-taking-longer-than-normal-to-dry-a-normal-load-of-clothes

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Joey S expert

Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

Based on the symptom and details I would suspect weak solenoid coils on the gas valve.

There is a small square plastic inspection cover located below the dryer door that will need to be pried out in order to watch and monitor the glow bar igniter and burner operation. Pry the cover off and pull up a chair and watch through the opening for the red glow of the igniter. Start the dryer and monitor the operation for at least 10-15 minutes or until you find the glow bar igniter glowing red and then fading off without burner ignition. If you ever find the glow bar igniter glowing red and then fading off without burner ignition; replace the two solenoid coils mounted on top of the gas valve assembly. I added a YouTube video showing how to access and replace the solenoid coils. NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing the dryer.

The solenoid coil kit is part #279834 which can be ordered from SearsPartsDirect .

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

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OhCanada

Hi Joey, thanks for responding to my question. I haven't been back to my neighbors since my first initial inspection, I don't remember seeing the glow bar but, I do remember having burner ignition. Should I still replace the solenoid coils? Could there be an obstruction in the burner tunnel, the part leading the hot air into the dryer drum?

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Anonymous: The glow bar igniter would have to be working if you seen the burner ignite. It's not likely any thing is in the burner funnel. You will need to sit there and monitor to glow bar and if you ever find it glowing and then fading off without burner ignition; replace the solenoid coils. One more thing; make sure the there is nothing in the vent system causing any restrictions. A restricted vent system will cause a well working dryer to take longer to dry.

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OhCanada

Oooops, checked off the little hide my screen name box. Thanks again for your responses, I will monitor the glow bar and make sure the vent's all clear.

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Joey S expert

OhCanada: Let me know what you find.

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Danny

My washer wont agitate or spin it trys to but very slow

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Joey S expert

Danny: Without having the model number of your washer I wouldn't know what type it is. Without the model number I will not be able to provide any model specific information. It could be a loose belt or the motor coupler depending on the model causing the slow spin and agitation. I recommend adding the model number and any additional details to this thread for model specific troubleshooting assistance.

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