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Is gas turned on with pilot light or electronic?

We have a Kenmore model 22000 gas dryer (stock 7207611W) which indicates it is natural gas, has been in house since we bought in 1976. How is flame started when heating starts. We need to turn off to tent house for termites but do not know how gas is shut off or turned back on. All these years and we never needed to know this.

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No pilot. Unplug the power to the unit and it cannot run/ignite. There is a shutoff on the valve behind the front panel if you want to turn off the gas supply without moving the dryer.

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