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Samsung DV438AE dryer not getting hot? please help. Checked breakers.

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If dryer is running check the outlet pip is clear and all inlet filters are clear the dryer must be able to "breath freely" if this dont help you need to check the heaters are working and the thermocouple is good if the dryer has over heated the thermocouple will have cut out or poped!

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