- Gas Dryer Igniter
CustomerGary from CO
Maytag Neptune gas dryer (going on 18 years) configured for propane did not heat up. When I first turned the knob to select the drying cycle, I heard a click from inside the dryer as soon as I moved the dial off of the end-of-cycle position to the start of a drying cycle, which isn't normal. I usually hear no click from inside the dryer until I press the start button. Knowing for sure now what was wrong, I suspect the click I heard was a system lock-out that disables the gas valve when the dryer detects a malfunction.
Small ratchet handle/set that uses interchangeable bits & sockets. I used three socket sizes: 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, and one Phillips bit.
Repair & Advice
I searched for the model number of my dryer using BING, and among the vendors listed, PartsDr.com came up. I clicked on the link, and it took me straight to my dryer model without having to re-enter all of the information. The first screen I saw displayed pictures of the parts that fit my dryer. I also noticed a button in the upper right that allowed me to search for parts using the exploded diagram. What I really like about Parts Dr, is that their pictures of the available parts are crystal clear, and they have the actual manufacture's part number displayed along with Parts Dr's internal part number, so I CAN verify that it IS the right part. DON'T FORGET TO TURN OFF THE GAS AND UNPLUG YOUR DRYER FROM THE POWER BEFORE OPENING UP THE FRONT OF THE DRYER! It's easy to get to the bottom of the dryer from the front by removing the 2 screws that hold the door and the 2 screws opposite side. The front panel is held on at the top with spring clips on each side, and tabs at the bottom, that act as hinge when you first pop the top edges of the front panel loose from the spring clips. I popped the top of the front panel loose, swung the panel out a few inches, and lifted the panel off of the bottom tabs. Since I had replaced the burner/solenoids a couple years back, the electric gas igniter was immediately suspect. The igniter is mounted on the left side of the gas burner with a single screw. I unplugged the igniter and checked the continuity of the igniter with my multimeter. The meter didn't move at all at any setting. I knew then that the igniter had a break and had to be replaced. IMPORTANT: The igniter heating element is ceramic, it's brittle, and can be damaged simply by tapping the igniter on something. It will shatter if it's dropped. Don't touch the Igniter element with bare fingers - oil from your fingers creates a hot spot and a point of failure over time. Handle the igniter only by its ceramic base. BE AWARE: when ordering your new igniter - the GAS Dryer Igniter is different from the Igniter Assembly and costs less. If all that is wrong is the Igniter, you don't need the Igniter Assembly. I ordered my new Igniter from Parts Dr, had it in 2 days, put it in, put it back together, plugged in the dryer, turned on the gas, and it works as good a new once again. I recommend Parts Dr for the ease finding and ordering the RIGHT part, and competitive pricing. What was really important, is that Parts Dr had the part in stock.