I've had two customers in the last week say that their dryer wasn't heating but that they smelled gas when it was on.
In neither case was the gas line leaking.
Since I've never heard of a dryer leaking gas when it was on, I told the first customer that I recommended replacing the dryer but that if he wanted to risk a repair I'd replace the radiant sensor and the coils...
He wasn't worried about gas but he thought that the cost of a repair was too much so he didn't get one, nor did he pay me :/
In the second case the customer said that it was cold ONCE and smelled of gas. I took off the radiant sensor and saw that that the glass was broken in two. I suspect that if the sensor triggered when the ignitor wasn't hot yet, then it could leak gas. In their case I did the repair.
So this isn't a question, it's just an observation. The radiant sensor is a part that's supposed to make the machine safe and prevent it from starting the gas when before the ignitor is hot, and apparently they can fail in a way that makes dryers dangerous.
Edited by Joshua Scholar, 26 August 2013 - 06:29 PM.