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Ignite the flame or not

Hi i recently received an old dryer from a friend that moved but it has no manual. can you tell me if i need to ignite the flame on my gas dryer like when you set up a bioler? because we hooked it up and tried it but it doesn't heat up is that what the problem is?

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Do not light any pilot make sure gas is on if not repl/thermal fuse , and check ignitor that its

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