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Estate TGDS680EQ3 gas dryer blows cold

Estate TGDS680EQ3 gas dryer suddenly stopped heating. (Lint is always cleaned out after every load.) Set it on Auto-Sense drying last night, and it was still running this morning- the dial did not move- even though the clothes were dry.

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The timer is stripped inside and needs to be replaced. The cogged teeth are made of plastic and a tooth or two has broken off keeping the timer from moving while running

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

  • fixerbrian Jul 16, 2010

    Thanks- That could be it for the Auto-Sense section. Although I just tried the Timed Dry and that works OK, but there still is no heat. Is there an ignition module or something that goes bad on the gas models?

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All these components COMBINED, should cost less than $100. If you fix it yourself, you will avoid the additional cost for labor.


If the dryer isn't blowing ANY air at all, but the drum still turns, you may have a bad blower fan assembly inside the dryer. Or, the blower fan assembly may be clogged.

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I hope this information is helpful to you. Post back with comments if you have any further questions.



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