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Well I just brought a used dryer, its an older model (kenmore) anyway I dryed a couple of load now its not heating what do you think I did worng?

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    Greg Angeli May 11, 2010

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    Is this a gas or electric heat dryer?

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YOU NEED TOO REMOVE THE BACK AND CHECK THE HEATER BOX FUSE AND ELEMENT,ALSO CHECK THE WALL VENT AND DRYER VENT TO MAKE SURE THERE NOT CLOGGED WITH LENT-MIKE

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