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My dryr tumbles but does not dry

Good morning my dryer tumbles but does not heat. any ideas?

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  • jrjoanner May 30, 2009

    Thanks

    its an electric, can i get a new sensor or heating element?

  • jrjoanner May 30, 2009

    Thank you so much for your help

    have a great day

    Jo

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Gas dryer? First thing to check is the ignitor underneath the drum. (You have to open the panel to see it)  It should glow shortly after the dryer starts, then the flame starts and the ignitor shuts off.  If the ignitor is glowing but the gas does not light then the gas valve coils may have to be replaced.  If the gas ignites but does not stay on either the flame sensor or the coils are at fault.

Electric dryer? Temperature sensor has failed or heating element has burned out.

Posted on May 30, 2009

  • John Morganti May 30, 2009

    Parts are available from appliance parts stores or on line.  You will need the model number.  It should be on a tag inside the door or on the back panel if it is not on the outside of the dryer.  Enter the model number and the word "parts" (without quote marks) in a search engine and you should find several online parts stores.

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