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Can a gas dryer be repaired by a consumer?

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A number of dryer problems can be repaired by non-experts; fuses, in particular, are easy to replace, and their locations can be found in the operation manual. Owners can also check the gas connection and electrical cord.

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Gas dryers typically have at least two fuses – the electrical fuse and the thermal fuse. The electrical fuse is generally easy to locate and protects the dryer from power surges. The thermal fuse is generally located near the heating plate and may require disassembling part of the dryer. Gas dryers require an electrical connection, so making sure the dryer is plugged in and resetting the circuit breaker can sometimes help. The dryer's ventilation can also become obstructed, so cleaning it and removing debris might fix problems as well.

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