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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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  • rao srinivas Jan 14, 2007

    thank you for the solution and quick reply

  • rao srinivas Feb 12, 2007

    I purchased the event control board from repairclinic and replaced the item. the old board has a burned out resister and capacitor. I still find the same problem. but I see some difference with part numbers you mentioned and what I see there on the repairclinic (http://www.repairclinic.com/0081.asp?Rcc... Are there any thing I can do to repair the problem.

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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. Catriver..post back.

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