I also have a Whirlpool dryer, circa 1977, with the exact same scenario as Jim M., where the assembly would initially fire fine with the old coils the first time, but not thereafter. After replacing the old coils with new,the igniter would glow, but this time without fire at all.
I returned the new coils before checking the part # (they appeared to be identical) and wondered later if that may have had something to do with the above scenario or could possibly installing the new coils in reverse order have been the problem? I am now wondering if part # 279137 could sufficiently replace the old coils?
ANSWER Jim F., The 279137 coil kit, is pretty much a "universal" kit designed to operate on all older WP "3 coil" gas valves. Of course, the coils need to be installed properly( the singlr larger coil on the right plunger, and the "split coil" on the left plunger" in order to pull the plungers up in the proper sequence. And the wiring has to be correct and tight, and wired according to the instruction sheet, and make sure you turn the gas supply on again at the wall shut off.. You may want to order and try again. The alternative would be to order the gas valve complete 279894 this will give you an updated "2 coil" valve, would make a somewhat easier installation, and pretty much guarantee an operational dryer for quite sometime. Thanks
Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com | Friday, November 23, 2012