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Dryer runs for long time and does not heat up to dry clothes

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Check first to see if the lint filter is clean and the vent hose is clear. If the filter is clean, the vent hose is unblocked and not crimped, and the exterior vent is clear then you probably need to replace the heating element.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

Posted on May 18, 2009

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