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Author Topic: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil  (Read 10088 times)

Offline artappliancenewbie

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2015, 04:43:26 PM »

Hi mz3own - that's just what I did. He's in there right now, measuring with his highly accurate gas sniffing device.

He found a leak at the supply valve (the one sticking out the wall behind the dryer).

I opened up the dryer and had him check the valve assembly. He found the second leak - according to him, it's actually at the orifice. The orifice is slowly releasing gas even when the dryer is off!

So i'm guessing that either the replacement coils are malfunctioning (or a fraction-of-an-inch incorrectly-sized), OR
that the gas valve/regulator was somehow internally busted when I replaced the coils (which seems quite unlikely).

As I said before - a replacement WE14X141 regulator body is no longer available. So it looks like I'm going to have to spring for a new dryer - unless someone has a alternate idea as to the leak from the orifice.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2015, 05:26:48 PM »
Time for a new Dryer. O0

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2015, 06:13:28 PM »
Just as I was about to throw it in.... a brand new never-installed gas regulator part came up on ebay. $25. Score!!!

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2015, 06:23:33 PM »
Good for you.Let us know how it goes. O0

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2015, 07:48:52 PM »
I am going to throw a NASTY wrench into this. I am not saying that is it ACCEPTABLE for gas to leak from the orifice, but I am telling you that is normal. We shall see when you replace the parts. It should still seep. Sorry sorry I have seen it myself.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2015, 07:49:31 PM »
Oh and that "normal" amount of gas that is seeping, cant be smelled.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2015, 07:57:36 PM »
Thanks for the specific information, domain. The Gas co. tech said that it was around 4%, which is higher than "ignore it" and lower than "this thing's gonna blow!".

Going to replace the regulator, and see what comes next...!

Thanks again, all. I'll post when I've swapped it out.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2015, 02:49:41 PM »
Art.  Did you get this dryer fix? :popcorn:

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #28 on: October 01, 2015, 01:23:34 PM »
hi dab147315 - the replacement part just came in, and I will swap it out next week.

Interesting point - ever since the gas guy swapped out the wall valve, the smell in the room is barely noticeable. So it's even possible that the coil swap that I performed was actually 100% successful.

In any case, I will also swap out the replacement valve regulator.

THANKS again!

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2015, 01:28:42 PM »
Thanks lets know how you make out.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2015, 06:14:16 PM »
Art  How are things going with this Dryer?  :popcorn:

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2015, 01:40:40 PM »
Haven't replaced the gas regulator yet. But plan to this week. I have been really busy, plus the gas smell is much under control.

Looks like the additional gas leak from the wall outlet, combined with a perhaps pre-existing leak from the orifice, was causing the laundry room to smell of gas. Now with only the orifice leaking, the smell is far less.

I will update as soon as I change out the part.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2015, 01:42:43 PM »
Thanks Art. :thanks:

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #33 on: October 28, 2015, 10:32:51 PM »
Replaced the regulator today. There is no more gas smell but there is no gas coming through either. I did a quick test and ran the machine before replacing the drum  - ignitor came on, but no gas. During the 30 sec. or so that I allowed for the regulator to start streaming gas, the ignitor gave a crackle and the glow went out. Now the ignitor also refuses to come back on (even when I unplug and re-plug the dryer). I'm just going to let it all sit overnight and go back and tackle it tomorrow.

I think I may need to get a tech in, who will do a gas pressure test and adjust the pressure tap plug, ensure gas supply is correct, etc.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #34 on: October 29, 2015, 05:27:05 AM »
most techs won't tackle a pressure test, that would be on your gas supply company. I know my company doesn't get in to pressures.

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #35 on: October 30, 2015, 01:27:34 PM »
The gas smell came back. It's IMPOSSIBLE that there is a leak, since I replaced EVERYTHING in the gas chain.

Therefore - only reason this can make sense is that the new coils I paid $120 for are not doing the job they should. It could just be that the replacement coils are not exactly right for the regulator. In addition, the coils are now in the process of gathering corrosion, after I tried that soap water thing. But they were clearly malfunctioning prior to that.

The ignitor DID short out somehow, when I did the quick test.

My only solution would be to buy a replacement coil set, a new ignitor (total $180) and re-assemble everything. With a chance that things may not work. At that point, it just makes more sense to buy a new dryer.

Which is what I did. Kenmore #72342 from Sears, good deal at $479 (plus a bunch of extras, but whatevs).

I think that after putting in 35 years of service, time to let the old boy slip into the ocean. RIP.

Thanks so much, everyone. No matter that I burned a bit of cash on the repair. I learned a TREMENDOUS amount about how a dryer works, how to fix it, what to look for, and so on. You guys are a valuable resource, and awesome too!!

Cheers,
Art
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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #36 on: October 30, 2015, 02:13:06 PM »
You did the right thing.I guess this new dryer has the lint filter on top?

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2015, 02:31:03 PM »
Yes, the photo shows it on top. Is that good/bad?

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2015, 02:38:12 PM »
Thats very good art.They have been making that design for about 40 years.Very easy to work on.Probably the easiest. Made by whirlpool. O0

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Re: GE Dryer DDG5380BAL - gas leak AFTER replacing gas coil
« Reply #39 on: October 30, 2015, 02:43:43 PM »
Oh, brilliant. Thanks dab!
The lady at Sears advised me that Kenmore dryers are currently being manufactured either by Whirlpool or by LG.
I hear such bad stuff about LG and Samsung, that I completely stayed away from anything by them.