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The heating element works fine but the fan evidently isn't working as it takes heavy clothes like jeans several cycles to dry. It's a Maytag large capicity 7 cycle dryer and I am wondering how hard it would be to replace it myself as I don't have any warranty on it. It's about five years old and the standard front loading type that's been around forever. Thanks for any thoughts on difficulty and cost of part.

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You could try taking the dryer apart yourself, it's not that difficult, and it may be just a drive belt come off,, or you may have a build up of lint clogging up the fan unit,(Which is also a fire hazzard) which is supposed to be cleared out yearly,,but no one does it.

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