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Dryer will not turn on and stay on.

My whirlpool dryer starting yesterday evening has this problem. I can push the start button and the motor starts, however as soon as I release the button the dryer stops. I have checked the door and made sure it is clear. the dryer will tumble as long as the button is held down but stops as soon as the button is released. I have held the button down for a while and noticed that it is not getting hot. Is this a problem with the switch or the element?

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Hello , bad news here , when you press the start button it sends power to the motor and then a clutch sets in and closes a set of points that then sends power to your element -if the clutch does not engage the motor will not continue to run or send power to the element and that is what is happening to your dryer.
not an easy fix at all , the clutch is bad and its located inside the motor and the entire motor would need replaced to repair this problem. they range from 80-100 dollars and would take about 1-2 hours to change.
let me know if you have any other questions.
Phil

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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