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Dryer has power won't start cycle Hi - The light goes on inside the dryer, but when I close the door and select start nothing happens.

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  • Dave Feb 05, 2009

    The door switch appears to work OK, I am able to open the door and manually push the switch in a the light goes off and on. so I took the back off the power cover to look for a loose connection on any of the 3 wires. They are very tight, so I believe we are OK there. I took the back off the top main switch panel and made sure all the connections to the switches where tight, which they were. I did see a terminal block that hat two wires connected but I wasn't sure that was the one you were refering too as I did not take the large back panel off yet behind the drum. This has really got me stumped.
    A little history --- I bought this dryer off my sister-in-law who just purchased it new in Nov 2008. I wired an upstairs laundry room for my wife using 75 feet of #10 3-wire + ground wire to a double pole 30 amp breaker. I do have power at the new receptacle on both 110 poles. I did not connect the bare ground wire since the receptacle did not have a place for that. Any other thoughts?


  • Thomas Malailua
    Thomas Malailua May 11, 2010

    door swith.you would use an ohm meter to see if failed,but it was most common for a GE dryer

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Dryer won't start even though programme selected and door closed

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If that doesn't do it, (door switch), then check underneath the top and look for the thermal overload switch. Bypass it and see if it runs. If not, then start back at the wiring at the receptacle and then follow to the terminal block located in the back of the dryer. You could be getting power to the receptacle but it may stop there because of a loose wire. You could have lost a leg of power.

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  • Bill Dickerson
    Bill Dickerson Feb 05, 2009

    The terminal block that would join the incoming wires and the wires to the dryer parts is what I am referring to. It is possible one of the wires is burned off. You mentioned the bare ground wire not having a place to attach to. As long as you attach it to something metal you are O.K., preferably the junction box. It should have a place for a screw or you can even slide it under the cover plate and then fasten it down with the screws. The receptacle however, should have a screw at the end of it to attach the bare wire. Bottom line is you want to have it grounded. Once this is done, remove the top to the dryer and you will find a small barrell shaped switch, located at or near the drum, which is the thermal overload switch. By pass it and try and see if it works. If it does, then you know it is the switch. If not, you may want to see if it may be under warranty. It is not very old. Do you get any humming noise when you try to turn it on? The last thing I am thinking of is the starter switch itself. It is unlikely but possible. By the way, the wiring you did is plenty for what you did. Good luck and let me know how you make out.

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