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No heat. Vent clear and the cylinder turns. The dryer has not been in use for years but worked fine for about a week when put in use. Help!

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S. gregg,

You did not mention if this is a gas or electric dryer. I have a tip at http://www.fixya.com/support/r5454665-gas_electric_dryer_troubleshooting which addresses how to troubleshoot and repair both kinds of dryers and where to get the parts.

Thanks for using FixYa and for the Great rating.

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