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Dryer will not start

Will not start . the check lint alarm keeps going on. lint filter is clean

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Hi thanks for the question remove the venting to the outside clean all lint. remove the back panel on the left on the air duct you will see a small piece of plastic with 2 small blue wires to it thats a thermal fuse. replace it. dirty venting is sometimes the cause, of the failure. thanks the appliance doc

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1. Keeping the lint filters clean after each load is every important.
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