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Dryer won't turn on. the breaker is on

My dryer will not turn on. It is like there is no power except that the breaker was not tripped

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Do you have a multimeter? I would suggest unplugging the unit and checking to see if there is power at the plug. If there isn't any power then I would say the breaker is defective. If you do have power, then take the back of your control panel off and check if you have power to the timer control. To double check the timer, turn to a dryer setting and see if there is power at the motor. If the meter shows power there then the motor is not working but the timer works.

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