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The dryer 'On/Off' switch not working. Dryer does not turn on.

The 'On/Off' switch is punched in, but the dryer will not work. We have checked breakers, etc., and power seems to be available to it, but trying to click this switch; we cannot get it to basically 'Go On'.

Please HELP - anyone. I need to use the dryer, and hate to call a repairman when it could be something simple, and save us money.

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Sounds like the internal parts of the switch are damaged and not allowing the required circuit to be closed. There are many kinds of dryers and switches. If you can pull the switch out and observe the wiring on the back, it may be possible to "jump" the wires. Use extreme caution not to electricute yourself. Basically if it's just a push on to start dryer, all that needs to be done is the two wires in the switch to contact each other for a second. DO NOT TOUCH THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS. Hold the insulated wire in each hand and touch together briefly. This should start the dryer. DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES EXPOSED. Put back onto swith being careful not to touch the metal connectors.

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