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The heat sensor is not working on my Whirlpool Gold. The hot setting has left burn marks on my husband's shirt. Should I get dryer repaired, or replace it?

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Repair. Have the venting system cleaned -to eliminate this out of the equation, After that, If your dryer is getting too hot after this, a sensor shuts off the circuit to light the gas (or heat the element-electric). It needs to be checked and may be bad.

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