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I have a 800 series dryer. It spins but won't dry anything. The exhaust line is free of anything.

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If it's gas, there's a whole series of things that have to happen to make heat. If any one in the series fails, it won't work. It usually takes a technician to figure it out. The only easy thing is the igniter, a funny looking piece of metal right in the flame area, with a couple of wires going to it. It's very delicate, and if it's broken,put in a new one.
If it's electric, it could be a broken heater element, or one of many thermo-sensors could fail. Those have to be checked out with a multi-meter. Even the contact in the timer can fail, but it's usually the element.

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