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Maytag dryer intermittently does not heat up. Cleaned the vent, no luck. What's wrong? HOW DO YOU OPEN THE DRYER TO GET TO THE PROBLEM?

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My Maytag has two screws on the lower front , the front will then pivot up and release. Gas or electric? How old? Older gas units can get dust on the flame sensor next to the ignitor, inside the burner area, keeping it from seeing the flame. Wipe it off. Don't bump the ignitor, it's very delicate and will break. Carefully move it out of the way if you have to.

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