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Won't start. The start light flashes.

My dryer won't start. A green light under the start button flashes, pressing the start button does not do a thing. I don't hear a motor hum. The light inside the dryer come on when I open the door. The display showing the time appears to be functioning. In another dryer problem description their panel showed something like an 8 for the time. I am fairly confident that the time counter display is functioning. What could be the problem? Thanks.

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  • B. Scott Williams Jun 26, 2007

    My dryer won't start -UPDATE-. A green light under the start button flashes, pressing the start button does not do a thing. I DON'T hear a motor hum. The light inside the dryer comes on when I open the door and turns off when the door is shut. The display showing the time appears to be functioning. In another dryer problem description their panel showed something like an 8 for the time. I am fairly confident that the time counter display is functioning. Important UPDATE: My kids tell me that they press around the button on the panel and eventually they find a place that will cause the dryer to start. What could be the problem? Thanks.

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There is a possiblity that the door switch is not working. if you are handy refer to he parts book to see how to remove the switch and check for continuity.

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