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Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer. Cycle wont start

When START button is pressed motor runs but when START button is released motor stops imediately.

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This sounds like one of two things in order of most likely:

- the centrifugal switch in the motor is not functioning (burned, stuck, broken)

- or the run winding in the motor is bad

Need more info, let me know...

Posted on May 08, 2009

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