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Kenmore dryer Front load kenmore dryer elite only runs if the on button is pushed continuously. the moment you release the button the dryer stops

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The start button is a low current signalling device that supplies power to a relay, the relay latches, to supply heavy current to the heater and motor, until the timer switch or door switch interrupt the latching circuit and disconnect the relay.
Relays fail
the connector for the latching circuit may have come off
examin inside the control panel for a device that looks like
kenmore dryer - 8d35bce.jpg, may be opaque or mounted vertically with wires connected to the bottom.
trace the wires from the start button, it should be the first device connected.
If any wires have come off relay, or other terminus of wire reattach and test operation of dryer
If no wires off, -replace relay
label carefully wires as they are removed, or replace one wire at a time, from old to new
generic dryer circuit looks like this
the relay is the two switches at right connected by a dashed line to show linked operation. Circuit diagram has no relevance to physical position of components

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