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Start /stop problems

The belt went out on our dryer so i replaced it.... Now when i try to start it... the on/off light will come on, but when i push the start button the dryer will either do nothing.... beep a short beep and do nothing or it will beep normally come on and the drum will rotate about half a turn and then shut off... or it will come on and run for about 5 minutes and then shut off..and it acts this way whether the dry is warm hot or cold.....any ideas??

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It sounds like this could be a door switch problem. When you removed the front panel, you had to unplug the door switch. The door switch could be loose or one of the wires you had to reconnect is loose. Another thought is that the drum isn`t lined up correctly with the front panel and the rear of the dryer housing.

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Check to make sure you have the belt routed the right way around the idler pulley.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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