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HI, this is the result of a faulty set of gas valve coils.(black, located on top of the gas valve). It is recommended to replace all coils (usually two or three) if found defective.

Note: Sometimes the whole gas valve may be defective, thus not letting the gas out. However, this problem is not common.

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

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