Once again Bruther Duff has laid the truth at our feet.
The area I operate in has a huge influx of summer residents (we are on the shores of Lake Michigan, and only about 90 miles from Chicago) that have 2nd homes and cottages all over the county.
They usually show up on Friday night and discover there appliances don't work. Saturday and Sunday calls in the summer are pretty routine for me. I don't mind it because these folks don't care how much, just how fast you can be there.
These calls will only occupy a few hours of the day, and then it's on to whatever I want to do that day/evening with extra $$$. Work/Life balance is very important to me, one of the biggest reasons I went out on my own in this business.
I try to be all the things the "big guys" aren't. Flexible is definitely one of them. I charge blue book rates.
Case in point: last Friday night phone rings at 8:45 pm I answer, and it's someone needing some help with a dryer. I go out on Saturday at 1pm fix it and am home by 2:20 with $200 cash in my pocket. Customer was eternally grateful that I could get out there so quickly and asked for extra cards for his neighbors. Not bad for a couple hours work (drive time included) on a snowy Saturday!
The refrigerator in question is most likely a "PEX" (product exchange) unit that Whirlpool or Sears took back in the warranty period. Even though Sears has the warranty responsibility they can still get Whirlpool to cover PEX's in most cases. A PEX is the result of 3 or 4 repairs for the same issue during the warranty period.
The process requires the PEX company (usually an authorized independent servicer) to remove the mod/serial tag and then "dispose" of the unit. These units *sometimes wind up being sold again to unsuspecting bargain hunters.
Scratch and dent units purchased from Whirlpool (as in by the truckload) have model serial tags on them.
BTW - That refer door repair kit mentioned above works great! Just make sure when you stick the metal plate on its where you want it because it doesn't come off easily if at all.
The louvered tub ring was designed to address the standing wave issue that caused water when filling through that dispenser cup to go over the top of the tub ring and leak in the left front corner of the cabinet. This issue only occurred in the "sheets and towels" cycle as it filled through that dispenser cup.
I would reinstall the tub ring and ensure that it is fully seated. The tub edge and ring are fairly flimsy and its easy to have it not be completely seated.
An easy thing to do would be to take off the lower front panel and look at the flame. It should be a strong flame that is drawn up into the duct toward the drum. The flame should sound more like a whisper than a propane torch.
How long of a vent is not too long? How many bends?
Good advice regarding the flame and the venting.
On long dry times, if the clothes are wet and warm at the end of the cycle the venting is the prime suspect.
Went and took another look at the range. It is getting good gas flow at the burner right next to the ignitor and everywhere else on the burner. I also flipped the gas shut-off on the gas valve off and then back on. Both the broil and bake coils on the gas valve tested at 206 ohms, which is within the 'good' range of resistance. Burner turns on and lights the gas 75% of the time, but every so often it doesn't light the gas, though it does spark. Time for a new burner?
Yep, either replace it or depending on the condition take it outside and clean it out real good. Be sure to chase each port hole with a straightened out paper clip or piece of wire.