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DRYER SHUTS OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF A CYCLE.

MY DRYER WAS TAKING MORE THAN ONE CYCLE TO DRY CLOTHES. WE CHECKED AND CLEAN THE VENT. NOW IT IS SHUTTING OFF IN THE MIDDLE OF A CYCLE. THE CLOTHES ARE GETTING HOT.

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