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It takes hours to dry small load

My amana dryer is three years old, and it takes 3 to 5 hours to dry one small load. I checked the vent, it is clear and there are not any binds in the hose. The igniter ignites the burner, but only for a very short time aprox. 20 seconds then the heat stops. This on and off procedure continues for hours. What would cause this to happen?

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  • robert samples May 11, 2010

    take the vent loose and dry a load let me know how it does and how long does the burner stay on before it cycles off this will help narrow the problem oh i see 20 secs sorry but take the vent loose for one load and feel the airflow comming out the back for heat and force

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Dud thermal sensor, the temperature is shuttimg off too low
locate, replace the thermal sensor just 'downwind' of the flame

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