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Dryer not working

When I start the dryer I hear the motor starting but as soon as I realease the start button it stops working. Heater inside is working. What should I do?

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  • Mike Pham May 11, 2010

    can you get model #...might have a start relay...

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The button you push is a momentary start switch.whats suppose to happen is the power passes thru the push to start switch for a moment till the motor centrifugal switch goes to the run winding.what i have found happening is a lint buildup in the motor switch area dose not allow the motor centrifugal switch to reset to the start winding when the dryer has finished the last load.so its trying too start on the run winding and it could only do that if you helped by spinning the drum while hold the start switch.soooooo.... unplug unit .get to the motor and vacuum it out.inspect your wiring for burnt/loose connections.if all is well and vacuuming did not solve problem.your motor may have an open start winding which you could check with an ohm meter.if you need any more help you can make an request thru fixya email. God bless ,tom

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