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Unplug the dryer,then unplug the ignitor and with a meter read it out,is it glowing?if not it could be the ignitor or the sensor or the thermal fuse located on the blower wheel housing,if the filter is on top remove the back panel and you'll find the fuse there,it's white and it's a 3392519,pull one wire off and check it with a meter,if it's bad you need to clean out the duct that the lint filter slides into,and clean out the vent line or the fuse will pop again,if the filter is inside then the fuse is in the front of dryer,take off the bottom panel,pull out the filter,remove the duct that the filter slides into and to the right top side of the blower wheel housing you'll see the thermal fuse on the left side,it might not be the 3392519 it could be a 3390719 but you need to send the model number to look it up,if the ignitor is glowing then you have bad gas coils or a bad gas valve.hope this helps let me know what you find

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