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Dryer wont turn on, I reset main breaker but the dryer still will not turn on and run

The dryer wont run, I reset the main breaker but it still wont turn on

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Overheat thermostate is located inside the machine, there may be a serious fault with or short with the heating element,. Good Luck - the Yeti

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check your outlet for power, or reset your breakers, if it doesn't start please re-post an be a lil more specific on what the machine did or didn't do last time you had it running if you noticed something?

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Did the Dryer work before? What led to this problem? Most Electric dryers work on 240 Volts. And have their own seperate circuit breaker, usually marked as "Dryer." So resetting just the main cuircuit breaker might not be enough. Did you reset the Dryer C. breaker?

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