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Dryer does not heat--timer dial does not work either.

The dryer will run for hours and the dial does not move, yet theclothes do not dry at all. The heating in the dryer stoppedsuddenly, without damage to the unit or overloading.

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Hello Agnew77,
Chances are you have a bad or defective motor that rotates the dial and sequences the dry process..
Unless you are technical and able to troubleshoot this type of problem safely, you may want to remove and replace that motor assembly with another or have it serviced by an applince tech. Please advise if you want to attempt to troubleshoot this problem or order replacement parts online and I may be able to provide some assistance...

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