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My dryer turns but doesn't heat.  I see on the internet thhat i may have a bad igniter or a bad thermostat or fuse.   I understand that I should look at the igniter to see if it is glowing.   Can you give me some advice on how to begin this troubleshooting and repair  task?

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The easiest way i can tell you if it is an ignitor problem or a thermal fuse or something else is to turn the timer  to the timed section past 10-20 minutes then slowly turn the time back while the machine is running once you hit the last 5 minutes you should hear a click at the timer and at the gas valve. If you only hear a click at the  timer and not at the gas valve it is probably a thermal fuse and control thermastat. If you hear a loud click at the gas valve it could be a bad ignitor .If you see an orange glow but no heat or intermitant heat the coils on the gas valve may be at fault

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Purchased 12-26-2001. Stopped drying suddenly. Breaker is good. Interior light comes on and off with door switch. Can hear timer run when start is pushed. drum won't turn and no heat. David

Please use the "continue with this expert" option and reply with the manufacturer and model # so I can be of assistance to you.

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