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Heating unit When I turn my dryer on, the heater turns on for a couple of seconds and then shuts off. Everything else works. I have taken it apart but dont notice anything obviously wrong. What should I try?

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  • bewoolard Dec 19, 2008

    I found out that the problem was with the thermostat. It caused the heater to cut off. I replaced it, and now it works great.



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First thing to check is your air flow, check the vent on the outside of the house where the exhaust enters. Should be blowing pretty hard. Any restriction will cause the heat to turn off after a couple of seconds. Hope this helps. Dave

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