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Kenmore Heavy Duty Dryer

I have a Kenmore Heavy Duty Dryer that runs for just a minute then it goes back off. Now it will not come on at all. No circuit breakers are tripped.

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  • Surge2 Feb 26, 2009

    I had the same problem. It turned out to be a loose belt. I remember prior to the problem that the dryer was making an odd sound right when pressing the start button. Turned out the drum was slipping a little at start and later started triggering the belt switch and stopping the dryer.

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If the dryer is still powered on but the motor stops, it sounds like the over load in the motor is cutting out and the motor will have to be replaced.

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