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Dryer will NOT start

I checked breaker in fuse box. It appears to be ok.(light does come on when door is opened).
I checked outside and cannot feel anything blocking vent opening.
I disconnected door switch. (would this not eliminate it being the problem, as starter switch still does not work?)
If you think it can be the fuse, where is is located?
With a meter can I check starter switch by connecting blue wire with pink wire at the top of three wire triangle? (haven't found my meter to check switch). Thanks and God Bless!

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  • jesuslovesyo Dec 01, 2008

    Hi again!
    Shouldn't I check out answers to my other questions such as the fuse and how to check the starter switch before disturbing the motor?

    Thanks and God Bless! Gary @ jesuslovesyou.owen@gmail.com

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1st reconnect the door switch for that is a safety element. 2nd check the terminals in the back of the machine and unplug it before you open the back pannel . Make sure they are clean and not corroded, then reattach and make sure they are secure. if this dose not solve the problem, you may have a bad or dead spot in the motor. Happy holidays biigg53566

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  • Alan Matzke Dec 02, 2008

    As to checking a fuse in the dryer the only the that would be in there is an overload breaker in the motor, that can not be checked. Did You say this is a 110 volt dryer?

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