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Dryer works gas cuts on and off

Everything works except the gas cuts in and out runs continuosly. the glow light comes on i think its a sensor. can u help

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Remove the exhaust vent from the rear and run the dryer.
If it works OK..clean the vent internally to the dryer as well as externally.
If this is not a problem or it does the same on/off then:
Replace the gas valve coils. They have gotten weak

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