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Whirlpool electric dryer won't stay on

After selecting the desired setting and time on our Whirlpool Electric Dryer Model #LER7646QG1, we experience problems when depressing the push-to-start knob. The dryer seldom continues to run through the full cycle without several attempts at turning the timer knob while pushing the start knob. Most of the time it will stop running as soon as we release the timer knob, but sometimes it will run for a few minutes and then stop. There is a significant price difference between the push-to-start relay and the timer, one of which I believe is the cause of my problem. Depending on the cause, I may want to replace rather than repair.

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  • rockit4 Jan 08, 2009

    The only thing I've done is remove the back of the console and inspect wires and connections.

  • sharpshot90 Jan 29, 2009

    I have the same problem but mine is a 'Hotpoint'

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2009

    We are experiencing the same issue. We have some drying settings that will not even work now. We are down to just "cool down" setting which only last about 15 minutes. It's crazy. We cleaned EVERYTHING, checked the door sensor. I am here online trying to get an idea of what the problem is to aide in my dicision to fix or buy new. What are you guys doing?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Have you tried jumping out the relay,only as a test?

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catriver
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SOURCE: My Dryer will only work if I hold start button, when I release start button the dryer stops.

Anra, this is a classic symptom of a failed even heat board. I've seen a lot of these failures out there. Easy to change out. Check out this link. Catriver..post back http://www.repairclinic.com/0080.asp

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

catriver
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SOURCE: My Dryer will only work if I hold start button, when start button is released the dryer stops working.

Anra, the problem is in the even heat board under the consol. This is a very easy job. Check out this link. Catriver, post back http://www.repairclinic.com/0080.asp

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

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SOURCE: Kenmore Dryer stop running when release the start button

I have whirlpool dryer, when i push the start button it will start but only stay on for part of the drying time. no the start button make noise when push and after keep trying it stop.

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer won't run unless I put pressure on the cycle control knob after pressing Start

sounds like you need to replace your timer, or either unplug the machine, an open the head panel an see if any wires are loose in there, changing the timer is an easy job, you should have no problems doing it ......good luck!

Posted on May 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Whirlpool 110 electric dryer will not keep running

If you have replaced the door switch you have had the top open, right? Now find the overheat limit switch, somewhere on top, just behind the drum. Use an ohm meter to check it. It should be closed, 0 or near 0 ohms. If the dryer overheats this switch opens and stops the dryer, same as the door switch. usually in the same circuit. If this is good then the run switch on the motor is probably bad. If the circuitry thinks the motor has stopped everything goes of falso. The push to start switch bypasses all of these and lets the motor start to turn. If any of the three are bad when the start button is released the dryer stops again.

Posted on Jun 06, 2009

blueextc3221
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SOURCE: Whirlpool duet electric dryer timer stopped

It appears your timer/main controller/CCU has failed in this instance.

For replacement parts - head on over to PartSelect.com or RepairClinic.com and enter in your full model number for a full parts listing.
I recommend both sites because ...


FixYa has no affiliation with either site - I have been using and recommending them for years - trouble free.

PartSelect has a great schematic database for locating the part on your unit and great "testimonials" for each part that often times includes HOW-TO information.
RepairClinic has pictures of each part they sell and also a great how-to and troubleshooting for basic repairs.


If your unit has never been serviced - there should still be an original service manual enclosed in plastic taped to the inside of the shell.
In the service manual are Error codes, maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting steps you can follow.


Anything too complicated or beyond your scope should be handled by a professional.

If you think you want to tackle the repair - and have gotten stuck on a step - reply to your question and I will be glad to help you out.




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