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Sounds like your heating element or fuse is bad. If the dryer runs normally just no heat it is usually one of these. First make sure your breaker is on and you are getting 220v to the dryer. Try turning the breaker off and back on and then try your dryer again. If you have a volt/ohm meter it will be a great help in testing parts. You can get an inexspensive one at a hardware store between 10 to 15 dollars. It will come with instructions and I will guide you thru it. First unplug the dryer and pull it out you will need to remove the lower panel off of the dryer. It covers nearly the entire back and is held on with 5/16 screws. After the back is off you will see a metal encased heating element on the right side of the dryer as you face the back. At the bottom of this casing you will see two wire terminals with two wires connected to it. (some have two wires on one of the connections and one wire on the other) Remove the wires by pulling them off they can be very tight so grab them with some needle nose plyers on the metal connector not the wire and pull hard. If you have a volt meter you can put it on the ohm scale and hold the wire leads to the heating element terminals. Put one side on and then watch the meter as you touch the second lead to the other terminal the meter hand should peg out or if it is digital read a high number. If you do not have a meter you can remove the element there is a 5/16 screw holding it on one end and a slot it fits into on the other. Remove it from the machine and look up inside you may be able to see the heating element broken. Remove the screws holding the element to the casing and slide it out look closely at the element sometimes the break is hard to see. You may even have to shake the element to get the break to open up. When an element heats up a break will pull apart. If the element is bad replace it. If not your thermal fuse is most likely at fault. The thermal fuse will be connected to the heating element by a wire and will be located on the back panel (not the outside panel you took off but the back you exsposed when you removed the outside panel) center bottom to slightly center bottom right. It will have two connectors on it and be flush with the back and may be held in place by a rivit instead of a screw. If it is a rivit you will need to drill it out or shear it off with a chisel or screw driver tip. You can check it with you ohm meter by touching the terminals just like on the heating element. If not you can use a paper clip and put the two wires together that are connected to it. Reinstall the heating element if good and try your dryer. Temporarily you can leave the back off just run the dryer for 2 to 3 minutes to see if it gets hot. If it does replace the thermal fuse and you are ready to go. It is tempting to just leave the wires hooked together but dont this fuse keeps your dryer from burning up. You should also clean all the excess lint ect from the bottom of the dryer and as far inside the vent access as you can. The thermal fuse goes out when there is a build up of heat that is abnormal. You may be supprised at how much change you find in the bottom of the dryer I have found as much as 30 dollars in one. When you are in the dryer back also look at the hi heat limit it is mounted on the heating element casing if the wires are burnt ect.. put new ends on them and replace the hi limit it is held on by two screws and its best to replace it if the wires have burnt or melted any. I hope this helps you good luck

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It is either your element or one of your thermal cutoffs!

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