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My Kenmore electric dryer won't start... I just ran it and it ran fine. Went to start a new load and it wouldn't work. Checked breaker, plug and door switch; everything seems okay

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  • bnewsome Jan 02, 2009

    Dryer has power; door switch clicks...

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Eazy first.need 220 if got,door switch it wiil click when depressed.next check where cord attaches.then the thermoal fuse.if has back panel or no same info.i call them missiles or flying saucers[thats what they look like].there white small have two wires to them.if you put the two wires too gether and isolate them,if problem your dryer will start,replace,but its a thermal fuse so the idea is if it gets to hot they open to stop fires,so mcheck all venting and dryer air waysGod is good,tom

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    Thomas Malailua Jan 02, 2009

    bnewsome not sure whats going on but i got some great notes for you .check them out they'l help,tom

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