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Dryer not heating w/o indication

Dryer was working fine & then all of a sudden quit heating all together. Everything else seemed to be working fine.

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It's very possible that you need a new heating coil. This is an easy do-it-yourself fix if it's an electric dryer. Save all your receipts and purchase the replacement part from a business that will give your a refund (minus a small restocking fee perhaps).

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