I have a device that I am pretty certain now is a part of my dryer.
My dryer is gas, and this device (labeled Heat) turns on for roughly 16 seconds at a time, every 6 minutes.
the only thing in the dryer I could think would do that may be some sort of sensor that judges the humidity of the air in the dryer. Maybe? to know whether the clothes are dry. it isn’t a fancy dryer, cheapest one at Home Depot, but it has an auto cycle mode.
It can’t be the motor for the tumbler. and it can’t be a “heat source.” I don’t know much about how a gas dryer operates. maybe it isn’t constantly burning fuel, but every 6 minutes or so an electric element turns on to light the gas?
only thing that is confusing is that two days earlier this month, from 12 pm to12 am, sense claims it ran for 10 hours in one day consistently divided between the 12 hours. I live alone. No way I used the dryer that much.
edit: dryer was overdue to turn on, went to check the current part of the cycle. and, conveniently, it is on cool down. so either an element to ignite the gas, or a sensor of some kind to judge the humidity. would an ignition element stay on for 15-18 seconds?