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After the door is closed on my maytag neptune gas dryer,the ignitor glows and the gas valve opens once and after the valve closes the ignitor works but the valve will not reopen. what could be causing this?

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Hi,
The ignitor is going bad...yeah, I know it is glowing, but there is more o it then that,,,
If you have a gas dryer..
The most common problem with a gas and no heat is the ignitor going bad...

Here is a tip that I wrote about that problem...

http://www.fixya.com/support/r4398592-gas_dryer_not_working_gas_dryer_not

If your dryer is electric..
There could be a number of different problems...
Check out this tip that I wrote about this problem...


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