Would run regulate cycle and could see gas light but dryer wouldn't keep hear in for long
William S. • Culver City, CA • January 17, 2015
My Repair & Advice
Dryer was turning the heat off prematurely. I pulled it out from the wall and opened the back to make sure there were not any not venting problems (which there weren't). On a hunch, I ran the dryer away from the wall and the unit seemed to start working. While I was able to finish the week's laundry, having the dryer in the middle of the kitchen wasn't ideal. I was able to diagnose my problem as a bad thermostat because the dial would advance and the gas would light. I had previously used appliancepartspros.com to fix this dryer when the gas valve solenoids went bad so I was pretty sure it wasn't those new parts.
I found videos on how to test the thermostats but as I don't have an electric griddle, I couldn't test if the high limit and cycling thermostats were failing too early. But that was my theory as the unit only worked with more airflow around the thermostats.
This an old unit I inherited from the previous tenant and decided that 60 bucks in parts was a better investment than a new dryer. After installing the parts, which came promptly, I buttoned up the dryer and moved into its normal location and it worked flawlessly.
Videos are great. I wish there were videos on how to test the part as well. They exist on other YouTube channels but it would save time to have them all in one place.