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Replace ignitor hi, would you please tell me how i can replace the ignitor? i opened up the back, it seems the ignitor is hidden inside.... not sure how to get to it. thanks,

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You have to remove the front. It is at the bottom left. It is a ceramic glow coil and if bad will usually be broken or have a visible crack. An appliance store or furnace repair place will have it in stock. (It is also used on some furnaces and ovens) Bring the old one with you and the model and serial # of the dryer. You may buy a generic one and cut the plug off your old one if it is different. (Be sure to use ceramic wire nuts, not tape or plastic) The metal holder usually can be pried off too. The generic ones are usually around $15 - 20.

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