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Loss of heat

I have removed the front panel of the cabinet cleaned all lint within the cabinet. I cleaned the humidity sensor with alcohol. Discovered a loose end of a grounding wire (should be connected to what?) at the right side of drum are, about 8 inches in length (female end of blade type connection). I tried the dryer in both timed and sensed drying. The igniter glows, the flames are present but for 20 seconds (I timed it) for both timed and sensed drying.
I assembled the dryer, concerned about proper air flow, the same thing occurs.

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  • Anonymous Nov 28, 2008

    In the sensor dry mode the ignitor comes on, but the gas valve stays closed. In timed dry, sometimes it works, sometimes only the ignitor comes on, but no gas.

    I checekd and cleaned every component already.

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You hit on the key word, proper air flow. It must be right or the flames shut down. As long as the ground wire is attached to metal, you are o.k. But you should find it, the "male" end nearby. If not, you can attached it with good duct tape that won't come off.

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