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Gas dryer wont get hot

Looked inside at burner area but dont see any flame or hear any clicking sound from igniter

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  • frwrob Dec 04, 2008

    Gas dryer won't heat. Replaced ignitor didn't work! Any other suggestions?

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    I hear a click, but no burner turning on

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Sometime the flame comes on, sometimes not at all.

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Then your ignitor needs to be replaced. You should be able to pull the plug in the front panel and see the ignitor turn red. if its not red replace it and that will fix ya up!

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