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Dryer has no heat to it, but runs

I took the panel off from the back of where all the controls are at and i unplugged the wires,so thays probaly why i ain't getting no heat.

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Running is good. That means lots of stuff is working. On the motor is a switch that turns the heat on once the motor gets up to speed. The other wires on the motor are start and power for run. Check your heater elements for continuity. Running usually means the door switch is ok, timer ok. Check around for fuses, burnt wires, loose wires. Check the heat sensors for continuity. They should conduct electricity untit they get hot.

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