New Roper Gas Dryer with a Mystery Hole in the Front Panel


Name: Patty

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I just had a Roper gas dryer delivered. There is a hole in the front panel below the door that wasn’t on the electric dryer at the store. The delivery guys didn’t know what it was for, nor did the salesman at Menards. Do you know what it is for? It is 3/4 of an inch with a round top and a straight bottom located in the lower left corner of the front panel of the dryer. Thanks for any help you can give me!

That hole in the front panel is what we professional appliantologists call the Gas Burner Peep Hole. It’s a nifty little troubleshooting aid for gas dryer burners.

Using that peep hole, I can look in while the burner is trying to fire and see whether or not the ignitor is glowing. If it is, but still no flame, then I know I’m getting voltage clear up to the burner. So that means that the cycling thermostat, timer, thermal fuse, and high limit thermostat are all good in the dryer and that the problem is either 1) the gas is turned off, 2) the valve coils are bad, or 3) the radiant sensor is bad.

On the other hand, if I do not see the ignitor glow, then either the burner assembly is not getting voltage or the ignitor itself is bad. Further troubleshooting required.

By the way, the burner peep hole should have had a decorative plastic cap. It probably got sheared off while transporting the dryer. You can buy a replacement cap here.

If you’re still confoosed, need more help figuring out what’s wrong with your dryer, or to order parts for your dryer, come hither. Or you can get interactive help from professional Master Appliantologists in the Samurai Appliance Repair Forum.


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