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Dryer will heat for a little while then, no heat. If I unplug dryer and plug it back in it works for a short time.

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Check for proper air flow, it sounds like you may be tripping a thermal limiter. Pull the hose off of the back of the machine, turn it on and form an opinion about air flow,....hook back up, turn machine on again, go outside and feel the air from the exit port of the building,, if restricted, find and resolve the restriction.

A safety issue is PLASTIC hoses, not legal although still sold. Get the metal version of the flex hose and use that....

Also, look for folded/collapsed discharge hose, very common issue, that stops air flow, and trips thermal limiter (which auto resets at lower temp).

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