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Kenmore dryer dryer was not staying on with on and off switch. I bought a new on and off switch but it's doing the same thing. The dryer will work if I but weight against the on and off switch.

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Switch was not at fault
the switch supplies a momentary current to a relay that then latches to supply the current to the heater and moto until disconnected by the door switch or timer
too much current for a switch.
The relay has either disconnected the wire from its latching circuit or failed internally.

trace the wires from the switch to the relay, something like this kenmore dryer - 2162bd6.jpgmay not be transparent, but will likely be the first device downstream from the button
If any wires are loose, refit them. else replace relay. There are very few relays, common to many dryer models, the local parts guy will have one, if not marked kenmore, then Frigidaire or GE
make certain when repacing that each cable is set on the terminal that it was removed from.

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