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Dryer is running but there is no heat

I have replaced the two coils,the 2 prong and the 3 prong,still no heat.I have replaced the igniter,still no heat,since i have narrowed it down a little what could or should be my next step, oh the igniter did not even lite or glow,what would keep the igniter from lighting.

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Possible thermal fuse on back next to blower housing or flame sensor on side of burner ..short the wires on flame sensor together to ck

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Hi,
If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heating the most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glows sometimes it is still not working properly.

if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip....

If you have an electric dryer, you can have many different things that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat.

check out this electric no heat tip...



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