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Dyer has power to motor but will not turn on,checked it with a volt meter.can't find any broken power in wiring.

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Check the door switch or start switch.

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When you say electrical power is working Ok ,I would assume you are saying this because the dryer is tumbling.
Which could mean you are only getting 120 volts to the unit but it will not heat with out 240 volts.

If you are getting 240 volts.
You could have an open thermostat, an open heating element. A bad timer contact or a open switch on the motor.

All these can be tested with a Volt-Ohm meter.

((((The Electrical supply must be turned off and at least one wire dissonnected from the component being tested.


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