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I have a JC Penney dryer that is very slow drying cloths. The Igniter and Gas Valve are both working. When I turn the dryer on I can see the burner light but it only stays on for about 15 seconds before it goes out. After about 1 1/2 minutes the Igniter lights up and the burner comes back on for about another 15 seconds and then shuts down. It repeats this cycle over and over. Is the problem with the Thermal Fuse or Radiant Sensor or is there another problem. Thanks for your help.

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  • shirleyandch May 18, 2009

    This solution was very helpful. I took the dryer apart and gave it a good cleaning and replaced the vent pipe. Everything is working. thanks for your help.


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HI, First thing you want to check is your venting to the outside. Make sure it is clean all the way out and that it is not pinch/kinked. Please let me know if I can assit you further.


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    Victor May 18, 2009

    You are welcome.


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