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    Kelly Mar 20, 2011

    This is usually caused by a flame sensor failure. Without a make and model number I can not be 100% sure. What is your brand name and model number of the dryer please?
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Hi, If you are having problems with your gas dryer not heatingthe most common problem is that the ignitor goes bad. Even though it glowssometimes it is still not working properly. if you dryer is gas check out this gas no heat tip.... If you have an electric dryer, you can have many differentthings that can go wrong causing the dryer not to heat. check outthis electric no heat tip...

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