We have a situation where when we push the "on" button of the dryer, it will start, but as soon as we take our finger off the "on button, the dryer shuts off. Over the past year or so, it would do this but only after using it for long periods of time (i.e. 4-5 consecutive loads of clothes). Now, the dryer does this on the initial load and will not run.
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Re: Dryer will not run
Many dryer motors have a centrifcal switch on the motor that should allow the motor to continue operating after you remove the momentary start switch. Chances are, that motor switch is hanging up and not actuating to keep power on to the motor. Keep me posted and I'll follow along with you to help..
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There are push to start circuits used for motors and then there are holding circuits that keep the unit running. This way the dryer stops if the circuit is open due to high temperature or end of the cycle. It seems as if the holding circuit (could be a rotary switch that stays closed while the dryer is running) or a holding circuit relay (stays closed until circuit is broken by the control) has failed.
disconnect power and remove lid. Test the door switch w a volt meter do so opening and closing the door not pushing switch if circuit stays open try pushing switch with finger. If pushing closes circuit then adjust switch.If circuit stays open replace switch. If switch operates with no problems then it is the motor. Check all connections and vacuum lint from motor How old is this dryer?