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My gas dryer lights but does not stay lit during the cycle

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  • mphillpm2 Nov 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. I think my blower motor is surging. What should I try next?

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HI thanks for your question. the first thing to do is clean out all the venting. from dryer to the outside.try that, it could solve your problem . if not ask for me, and we try something else. like the coils on the gas valve. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks

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