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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u hear the igniter sparking?

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First check the thermal fuse for continuity in the dryer blower housing/vent,then check the high-limit and/or cycling thermostats and the radiant sensor(flame eye) on the burner tube of the unit,then check the ignitor in the burner tube housing and finally the boost and secondary gas valve solenoid coils on the gas valve body inside the unit near the front entry of burner tube

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