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Whirlpool 4391996 Igniter for Dryer

4.8 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
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Product Description

Product Description

Maytag Whirlpool Dryer Ignitor 4391996 Replaces the following part numbers: 14211282 3-4970 304970

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Whirlpool 4391996 Igniter for Dryer. Igniter Glow bar. Part number 4391996. Genuine Replacement Part.

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Technical Details

Part Number 4391996
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.9 x 4.9 x 4.2 inches
Item model number 4391996
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

ASIN B0053F8CES
Customer Reviews
4.8 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #17,618 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#158 in Health & Personal Care > House Supplies > Laundry > Fabric Softener
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available July 29, 2008

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This was exactly what I needed. My maytag drier stopped drying. It would spin and everything else worked but no head. Upon visual inspection there was a small "cut" in my existing igniter and it should be continuous. It was also sparking. This part should heat up and glow and then after a few seconds the gas kicks on and all is well. Upon replacing, make sure you DO NOT touch the element itself. Oils from your skin are bad for it and will cause it to burn out early.

Part arrived and worked great. Cheaper than Dey Distributing locally by $22. No brainer with 2-day free prime shipping.
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If your Maytag gas dryer won't heat and you don't hear the "click" associated with the gas valve solenoids opening, this is probably the culprit. It was an easy fix (about 15 minutes from tool collection to final testing) and worked like a charm. This part is a "genuine" replacement part. There are cheaper ones, but they're cheaper for a reason.

You need two tools: A philips head screw driver and a 1/4" box wrench. You could use a 1/4" socket, but mine didn't seem to like the head of the screw, so I chose the box wrench to avoid rounding off the hex. An open end will work as well.

To test the igniter: Remove the door (two screws and lift the door slightly) using the philips head screw driver and place it somewhere safe. Try not to bend the hinge ends as that complicates reassembly (they have small projections to hold them in after you remove the screws). Put the screws in a plastic bag or tray so they don't fall into some place you can't retrieve them. Then remove the screws on the opposite side of the opening. All you have to do then is pull forward on the front of the top of the cabinet. It will pull forward (spring clips hold it on). Lift it up (it sits on two metal tabs) and put it aside. The guts of the dryer are now exposed.

To test the igniter turn the dryer on and hold the button in that is usually depressed by the door being closed. If the igniter glows red, it's not bad. Something else has gone south - likely the solenoids.

If you determine the igniter is bad, turn off the dryer and UNPLUG IT. You do not want to short / arc anything inside the cabinet or it could blow out some other component - worst one would be the control board which is a few hundred bucks and is NLA new - or light yourself up. So...
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Why spend $200 for a repairman to fix your dryer when you can do it yourself for a few bucks? Doing basic research on the net, there were really about two options for why my dryer wasn't heating when on; dead solenoid(s) or broken (cracked) ignitor. I mistakenly bought the solenoids first which proved not to be the issue but instead the ignitor was dead.

Checking the ignitor is beyond simple. And you most likely don't even need a volt meter to check electrical flow. First, disconnect the ignotor at its base (plug/wire harness). Simply remove your ignitor (just loosen the mounting screw, do not fully remove it) and slide it out. Then visually inspect the old ignitor by holding it up to a light and if you see a crack in the unit (it's a looped, single piece of metal), then it's burned out. Another identifier is to look for a white, burn mark which means the ignitor has arced and cracked. This is a normal wear and tear part on every dryer.

Installing this new one is simple and easy. You'll have your dryer fixed in no time and save around $185 doing so.
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Because most commonly replaced parts are "generic", this igniter works on other dryer brands as well. The coil/filament on this igniter is made of a ceramic type material that is extremely brittle and fragile if miss handled. Do not touch the black coil/filament part with you fingers or anything else that cause to get damp, oily, or get debris on it which could cause it to crack once it heats up. Only touch the igniter by the white holder. Do not over-tighten the screw that holds igniter coil, too much screw pressure can crack the coil as well. Simple snug tight will do. Good luck enjoy the satisfaction of fixing your own dryer.
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My dryer stopped heating and I couldn't afford to have a repairman come out to fix it. This igniter was exactly the piece I needed and was easy to install on my own. It worked like a charm and now my dryer is as good as new!
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My dryer stopped providing heat and took a very long time to dry on cool air. I replaced the solenoids and a few thermal sensors, but, no luck. After a few internet searches,the igniter seemed to be the next source as it never appeared to heat (get red hot). I replaced it within a few minutes and it was back to running. I was very, very happy because if the igniter was not the source, I would have bought a new gas dryer. If you take your front of your dryer and run it, if the igniter gets red hot, but, the gas never goes on, it is probably the solenoid valves. If it does not get red hot, it may well be the igniter.
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I researched and found the model number for this part on a popular appliance website. I knew it'd be cheaper, quicker, and easier to order on AMAZON though. Although this part number didn't match, the seller claimed it was a comparable item. It was sent quickly and was exactly what I needed! This $25 (with shipping) part saved me from having to pay over $200 for a repair company to do an easy task (if your dryer has no heat but otherwise functions properly, this may be what you need.)
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