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22 year old Hotpoint gas dryer. The ignitor coil will not light despite cleaning dust from the area. No ignition, no heat.The coil has quit from time to time but usually will light up with a good cleaning. Not today!

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Power for ignitor comes down from timer switch and on to the gas valve. Any three of which could cause the problem. To test it correctly, you need to check power through all three components.

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