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There is no heater box in a gas dryer,what is your problem and send model number

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could be a few different things,bad heater,popped thermal fuse or the high limit on the heater box,if the dryer hasn't been taken apart and cleaned out in a long time and it should be done once a year if gas and 18 months if electric,clean out the cabinet where the motor is,clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into and blow out the vent line,if the air isn't moving and it's been taking longer to dry your clothes most likely you popped the thermal fuse,you have to clean it out or the fuse will keep popping and it's a none resetting fuse or the high limit thermostat popped on the heater box,both are from the dryer running to hot and either the thermal fuse or the high limit will pop as a safety.you'll need to unplug the dryer and get in there with a meter to see what part is bad,remove the bottom panel,pull out the lint filter and then remove the metal duct that the filter slides into and you can read out the parts,you have to remove at least one of the wires on the part you check,on top of the blower wheel housing you'll see a white piece with two wires going to it,pull off one wire and check it with your meter,if that's good go to the right and check the heater and the t-stat in the back on the heater box,hope this helps

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Q - My electric dryer runs but will not heat, what could stop my dryer from heating?
A - Things that could stop a electric dryer from heating:
- house fuse or breaker ( needs two of them ), heating element, burnt wire, thermostat(s), thermal fuse ( not all models ), motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, burnt power cord/plug.
A ohm meter test for these parts is here.
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A - Things that could stop a gas dryer from heating:
- glow bar igniter, thermal fuse ( not all models ), coils on the gas valve, gas valve, thermostats,motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, sensor.
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Meter testing and usage tips.
1. Power supply-check power supply at terminal block where cord enters the dryer. Should read 240V. If you read 240V here, tested with a volt meter, unplug dryer and test components with ohm meter.
2. Thermostats-Cycle and safety thermostats-read them with an ohm meter. Should show continuity . How common thermostats work.
3.Timer-The timer has a set of contacts that pass voltage to the heaters. If you can not determine by wiring picture what they are, check across the two terminals with the largest wires on them. The heater wires are almost twice as large as the others. You should read continuity with timer in heat mode.
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5. Selector Switches-Read the wiring picture and determine which switch is closed. You should read continuity across closed switches.
6. Safety Switch on Motor-There is a safety switch on motor to insure that heaters can not come on unless motor is running. It is normally open when the motor is idle/not running, and closes when motor runs. In order to check with an ohm meter, remove the two large wires on motor switch and make them electrically safe. Tape them. Plug the dryer in and start motor. Check continuity across the terminals on the motor switch you removed the heavy wires from. If it is ok you should read continuity. Remember that the smaller wires in a dryer carry the 120V and the large wires carry 240V. There is no voltage on these two terminals with wires removed. It is ok to test with ohm meter.
7. Heat elements-Test heater element with an ohm meter. You will read continuityacross a good element ( 8-12 ohms is an average element ).
But darn it, I don't have a Ohm Meter....
To check the thermal fuse  - You can bypass the thermal fuse (just connect the 2 wires together) for testing purposes only.To check the thermal cut-out  - You can bypass the thermal cut-out (just connect the 2 wires together) for testing purposes only.
To check the thermostats for continuity -  - You can bypass the thermostat (just connect the 2 wires together) for testing purposes only.
To check the Element: Try removing element and physically looking at the element wire for a break in the wire.

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