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Whirlpool dryer, good airflow but small flame


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#1 Joshua Scholar

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 06:30 PM

I have a customer that I'm going to do a washer repair for on monday (replace the seal on a GE profile) but they also complained that their dryer, the common Whirlpool gas sort (with the blower in the back) is taking a long time to dry.

 

I replaced the coils on the dryer and noticed that the vent was totally unblocked and had good air flow, but when I look at the flame it seems awfully small and the amount of heat seemed less than normal.

 

Now I don't know of any adjustment for the flame nor any part to replace to make it bigger.  The gas valve seems totally open, so I'm at a loss for what to do.

 

When I go back tomorrow I'm going to see if there's anything blocking the nozzle, maybe a dead bug or something.

 

Can anyone think of anything?


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 06:33 PM

LP ?

NG ?

set-up for wrong Gas ?

Has this Dryer ever worked OK at this location ?

how long ?


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#3 Joshua Scholar

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 10:21 PM

It's in an urban area so the gas is not tanks, it's the same as most dryers.

 

Lets assume it used to work, because if it never worked then this isn't a repair exactly.


They have a stove that works.


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Posted 04 August 2013 - 10:23 PM

... Lets assume it used to work,

may have never worked for them at that location ..

They may have just bough a "used" LP Dryer


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#5 Joshua Scholar

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 10:28 PM

Hmm so if it's set for LP gas will the flame be smaller?


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:05 AM

LP gas is higher pressure and the orifices are smaller.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:02 AM

LP gas is higher pressure and the orifices are smaller.

 

So in other words the answer is YES,  If you run a dryer that is setup on LP gas on natural gas you will get a very small flame and less then 1/2 the required btu output.


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