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Mdg2300bww dryer, flame is large hitting high limit causig it to shut down dryer. Changed solenoids on gas valve and high limit. What else can be the problem? I also cleaned all lint out of dryer vent and dryer could it be the gas valve itself?

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  • s_laniewski Jun 17, 2009

    i checked the fan it seems to be turning properly, vent is perfectly clear. thanks



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Hi, A couple of things to look for. Check the 4" vent going to the outside and make sure there is clean. If that is ok, check to see if the blower duct inside the dryer is clean and make sure the blower wheel is turning properly. This model has a problem with the blower wheel coming loose on te motor shaft.
The flame is large because it is not being sucked past the limit switch.
I hope this helps you. Please let me know if I can assist you further.


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