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My neighbors dryer will not heat up at all. some tech was there replaced heater elements fuse like thing that cuts out when too hot also the thermastatnear the overload -fuse like thing but still no heat.

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The company should be called back and made to fix it correctly...
when replace the fuse the thermostat should always be replaced also...if the fuse blew it is because something else failed also...


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