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Does not heat up

I have a whirlpool dryer which was purchased 15 years ago, and thank GOD, have not had a single problem with it.. till now. it still runs, sounds normal and acts normal, but their is no heat. It was original a natural gas dryer but was converted several years ago to a propane dryer. A few days back we were running low on propane so we had our tank filled. So I know that's not the issue.
Can anyone help?

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Yes, the electic ignitor may be blown.
Look into the small door in front of the dryer when it tries to start. The ignitor will glow bright orange as it heats up to ignite the propane.
If it doesn't glow, then replace the ignitor.
If it does glow, then check the thermocouple position. It may have moved from its mount. The end of the thermocouple (looks like a bare copper wire) must be almost toughing the ignitor in order to sense that the heat is high enough top allow the propane to start flowing. Re-position it.
If it still doesn't start, then the propane automatic valve is broken; the valve cannot be safely fixed and must be replaced.

I hope it's just the thermocouple out of position...

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