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My amana gas dryer seems to be taking longer then normal to dry clothes. I've always used the moisture sensor and one day I noticed it had been running for 10 hours (although the clothes were dry and not particularly warm). I figured the moisture sensor died and switched to using the timer. It takes a long, long time to dry clothes now. I wathed the dryer cycle and noticed that when I started it the dryer ran for a few seconds, then the electric ignitor came on, then the gas came on and the flame lit. The flame stayed on for about 9 minutes and then turned off. After that, the ignitor comes on every minute (exactly every minute in fact), stays on for 10 seconds, then turns off. After about 7-9 of these cycles the gas will come on and the flame stays on for 6-8 minutes. It then goes back to the cycling of the ignitor every minute, with no flame, for another 6-9 minutes or so. I suspect the humidity sensor is bad, but I'm wondering if there is something else that has gone bad as well. Should the ignitor come on every minute even if there is no cal for heat? I would think the ignitor would only come on when there is a call for heat, but the fact that it comes on exactly every minute has me wondering. Thanks for your help... Steve

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