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Gas dryer works sometimes

My kenmore gas dryer sometimes dries, i have to reset the timer a few times for it to work, now its getting worse

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The ignitor is bad it makes a spark to light the gas, don't worry about a gas leak theres a safty switch for the gas not to come out which might be bad also

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