Thought about it for a moment, and it made sense. Ignitor element gets hot, small crack begins to separate, operating t-stat calls for heat, small crack keeps ignitor from passing current until it cools enough to contract and close the open circuit. Cools, operating t-stat call for heat, current passes, heats up, and keeps cycling like this.
Replaced the ignitor, worked like new!
Warmed up a blanket for the princess last night, and it came out toasty warm. This morning, nothing! The ignitor won't even glow. I'm sure the thermal fuse blew after the dryer started to overheat, which leads me to believe it was the operating thermostat and a bad ignitor that was my problem. However, the blown thermal fuse leads me to believe it might be the high-limit t-stat also.
I haven't torn it apart to check for sure, but once I test the 3 suspect components- operating t-stat, high-limit t-stat, and thermal fuse I'll know for sure. I'll always remember to test ALL components and not just the first bad one I come to!
My 2 biggest questions are;
- Meter's don't lie. Was my ignitor logic correct, and was it just hiding the upcoming failure of whichever t-stat is bad?
- Is it possible this is another mis-direction?
Thanks in advance,