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My gas dryer fires up but does not stay on. FDG546RES3 is my model number.

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The problem is with the gas valve solenoid coils sitting on top of the gas valve assembly. One or both are working properly during ignition/start up but fails when heated. This is an easy and cheap repair to make. Raise the top open then remove the front panel to access and replace both coils solenoid coils.

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1. http://www.repairclinic.com/Dryer-Gas-Maytag-Style-Appliance-Diagram

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