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Dryer not heating up at all I checked heating element and am getting good continuity

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  • chapin1 Jun 22, 2008

    After changing fuse thermostats, dryer fires up the gas but fail to increase heat an dry cloths

    what else is there to check

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Check fuses one runs the dryer and other heat it.might be a wire burn off or your operating thermostat

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