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Kenmore Electric Dryer Will not Run

Recently my Kenmore has stopped running. I have checked the door switch and Start Switch which both work fine. In fact I can hold the Start switch down and it runs just fine and heats. Where would I look next to troubleshoot?

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  • gramschris Sep 27, 2008

    My Kenmore gas dryer model (#78932790), which looks similar to the Amana, has the same problem except it doesn't seem to heat up. It is not the starter switch or door latch. As long as you depress the starter switch, it runs.



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There is a centrifugal switch on the dryer motor. pressing start energizes the start winding and the motor runs. when the motor is up to proper rpm the start switch is supposed to kick out and the motor runs on its run winding.

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