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Maytag Neptune gas dryer MDG4000AWW not heating properly.

I have a MaytagNeptune gas dryer MDG4000AWW. The will lite and heat initially for about 15 seconds then shut off. It will start up again in about 2-3 minutes and light up for a shorter periord - maybe 10 seconds. After that I gave up watching. The end result is that it takes a long time or a couple of cycles to dry competely. I have cleaned all places I can get to including the outside house vent to clear lint. Since the gas lights what could be the issue? Thanks.

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Note: Normal drying time for a dryer is about 45 minutes (some may take up to an hour).

1. Venting
Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

2. Thermostat
There are a couple of cycling thermostats inside the dryer. If one of them breaks down, it might affect the dryer's performance. Replace the defective thermostat.

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