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Whirpool dryer. Heating element comes on when timer is set and dryer has not started. To keep the dryer from overheating the timer has to be turned off. Sometimes the clothes coming out of the dyer are hotter than normal. The 196 Degree thermal switch keeps blowing.

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Remove the lower panel. With the lower toe panel removed, start the dryer & watch the igniter. If the igniter glows & cuts off without lighting the gas this would usually indicate the gas valve coils are weak & will need to be replaced. For this type of repair be sure to disconnect the electrical power & turn off the gas to the dryer. If the timer is set in the auto dry cycle, it will not advance if the dryer is not heating. Once you repair the dryer, the timer should start advancing. It is possible that your old timer is good. If you need further assistance please resubmit your question.
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