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Kenmore 73954 : Only runs when the START button is continuously pressed

My 4 yr old dryer suddenly gave this problem. It runs only when I hold the START switcgh in hold position by keep it pressed with finger. is it START button problem?. Please suggest. I checked fuse, they seems to be good.

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Re: Kenmore 73954 : Only runs when the START button is...

Psrao, right next to the timer under the consol is the even heat board. When this fails, it will cause this problem. This has been an issue with this model. Part number for the board is 3978949. back.

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