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My Amana Dryer won't work

The dryer drum won't turn and we can't get the back off the dryer to try to fix the problem. If you can help, please do. Thank you in advance.

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Your dryer may have a small panel in the front to access the safety thermostats. if not it may be a full front panel with 2 screws at the bottom to get into the unit. there will be an open safety thermostat that has failed. is in the left rear of the unit on the element. make sure you have good air flow and the vent is not pinched off causing the thermostat to fail.

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