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Dryer won't start

I have a whirlpool dryer that won't start. I've checked the circuit breaker and all is well, it's plugged in, it closes properly. I've checked the basics but nothing seems to work.

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  • Jon Fisher Nov 05, 2007

    Kenmore electric dryer stopped during cycle; would not restart. There were no noises or other problems leading up to the failure.

    Replaced push-to-start switch and timer ($80.00). Still will not start or make sound of any type.

    Door switch is suspect, but light in dryer still comes on when door is opened. How do we tell if door switch is defective?

    Other ideas?

  • gscout Nov 05, 2007

    Sounds like I have a similar problem. My Whirlpool dryer GEW9878LW will start temporarily when the start button is pushed but once I let go of the button, it stops. Is this a problem that someone figured out exactly what it is?

  • crusaders Dec 30, 2007

    We have this Whirlpool LGR4634jq2 gas dryer that suddenly will not stop. We have also reset the circuit breaker but to no avail. When we push the start button, it makes a sound like it will start up but it will not. If we hold it for more than a half dozen second, it starts to click...any solutions out there?

  • samking Dec 31, 2007

    I have GE DBXR463 dryer which starts and runs untill I hold the start switch to on position. As soon as I release the switch it stops. I have checked all the circuits and everything is O.K

  • BBRB Jan 05, 2008

    My dryer just went dead and will not start?? It worked yesterday and not today. Fuse? switch? ????

  • djacobson Apr 06, 2008

    I was drying a load of clothes, the dryer quit before the clothes were dry and will not start again. It is plugged in, circuit breaker is fine and door is completely shut. what do you suggest I do?

  • blakerepka Jul 17, 2008

    My dryer just quit. We went to turn it on and got nothing. already checked breaker and power cord.

  • Kay Hyer Schwartz Jul 28, 2008

    I have a Cabrio Dryer that heats up but won't turn. Can anybody tell me what to check or replace?

  • Anonymous Aug 07, 2008

    the kenmore dryer wil not start. model 62974 when you push the start button, nothing happens.

  • dawgkrazy Aug 07, 2008

    kenmore model 62974 will not start. when you push the start button nothing happens. it is getting power, the breaker is good.

    do i need too replace the motor ann heater rely or thethermal fuse?

  • longhorns76 Aug 09, 2008

    When I push the start button it hums, if I push for a few times nothing

  • nancysue Aug 25, 2008

    When I turn the knob to start, all it does is hum.

  • Anonymous Oct 24, 2008

    dryer won't start



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OK first thing for you to do to know if this could work for you is check were the power cord connects to your dryer... if you have and it reads 220 or better then you can proceed.start by taking the back panel off and locate your blower housing(it will be on left of dryer).There will be a white barcode looking strip with two wires coming out of it.Take the dissconnect dryer take a strip of tin foil and bridge the two togarher plug dryer up and it should run.If it does the you just need a new fuse or do what I did get one off an old Dryer no one else is using!
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There is a fust on the inside of the dryer beside the blower motor. It is called a thermal fuse.rated at about 197 degrees F. check with a continuity tester. If it is bad, you will not get a reading. Fuse cost me about $13.00 to purchase at local parts supplier and it was up and running in about 20 minutes. Also be sure to clean all of the dust and junk that the filter did not catch.

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Well I would first for power at the back of the dryer makeing sure you have 220 to dryer, check lid switch, also in the back there is a fuse white with two wires to it oblong or triangle depending on year.. may be blowed

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All dryers use an interlock switch which when u close the door it opens the circuit for the power try banging on the front off the dryer it may start if it does then you have a lose connection to the interlock u need to get the lid of to get to the interlock switch if it doesnt start then u have a mains filter which is next to your motor about 4in in length cyclinder with at the most 4 wires going to it possible 2 wires this will having lettering and numbers on it this needs replacing its on the inside at the bottom of the casing ,8

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Ummm... mine wasn't starting either. pressed the start button and heard a click/hum. read all these posts, and checked the door switch first, and that tested fine with a multimeter. then, i pulled the dryer away from the exhaust tube with the intention of testing the heat fuse, and found a surprise.that would make Bullwinkle cry !! ...jammed up in the dryer vent receptacle, and against the drum was a roasted and mangled squirrel. was not a pretty picture, and some flies flew out. seems he chewed his way into the external vent cover screen. Nasty !! rubber gloves, and lotsa paper towels later, i hooked everything back up, and the dryer started. soooo, check for a blocked vent first before you pull everything apart.

Posted on Apr 22, 2012

I had this problem too (dryer was about 2 yrs old). I needed to replace the switch. There is a site (somewhere, sorry) that you can download a pdf repair manual from whirlpool. The pdf shows in detail how to take off the cover, and replace the switch. Cost of the switch was ~$30. There are a sequence of buttons you push to diagnose problems. In this case, all the fault codes will show  is that the dryer thinks that the door is open. From what you describe, a faulty switch sounds like your problem. I am suspect of the 'loose connection' diagnosis above. Those connectors have a very tight connection.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007

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SOURCE: whirlpool electric dryer keeps tripping main circuit breaker

First off, be sure the pigtail is wired correctly to the back of the unit. Black and red to the outside terminals, white to the middle, green to the frame or cabinet (should be a green screw close-by). If that is ok, you probably have an issue with possibly a bad pigtail, bad outlet, wiring issue, or possibly a bad circuit breaker or breaker box. Probably going to be more of a electrical problem than a appliance problem. Good Luck!!!!

Posted on Feb 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Dryer won't start

have you left the unit unplugged for one night and tried to start??

doe sit make any humming noise when trying to start

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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SOURCE: dryer kicks off circuit breaker, pf code is on dryer. now won't let me do anything

pf is for power failure. sounds like You may have a short somewhere. Be careful of electric shock.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Dryer won't start

sounds like you have a bad capacitor this is what starts your motor by giving it a burst of energy
with model and serial number i could give more info

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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SOURCE: my whirlpool dryer model number LER4634JQ1 is not getting hot

You need a 30 amp breaker in my neck of the woods. South Alabama, US

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My Whirlpool gas dryer is not working


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Ensure the "Start" button is pressed firmly to start the dryer cycle, the dryer is not overloaded and the clothing is not balled up. Any of these things can prevent the dryer from operating and/or drying the clothes.

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Your dryer may not be receiving adequate voltage to start. Make sure your dryer is plugged in. Also, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the circuit breakers are in the correct positions. Or check to make sure no fuses in the fuse panel are blown. Try plugging something else into the same outlet. If it won't work either, then there is likely something wrong with the power outlet. Any of these could be the reason power is not getting to your dryer. Also, refrain from using an extension cord to plug your dryer in.

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