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My mother has a Maytag electric dryer that she purchased in 1980 - the dryer will air dry clothes but will not heat. What could be the problem?

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That dryer is old so more than likely the vents tubes to exhaust will need to be cleaned out. If cleaned the switch relay can be the problem as will. Since this unit is 30 years old a new replacement dryer would be on my list to buy

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