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Whirlpool Electric: Light is on, but no turn or no heat

Whirlpool electric dryer has the light continuously on inside even when the door is closed, but it doesn't turn or blow air or heat.

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Hi, Good troubleshooting! If the light stays on and nothing works it indicates the door switch is the problem. Best of Luck to you! Please rate my response.

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