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Dryer wont start. starter switch is new and timer will run when the door is closed

I have a 70 series kenmore dryer that wont turn on. i have replaced the starter switch and it still doenst work. the power cord is in good shape so im sure thats not the problem. when you turn on the timer and close the door, you can hear the timer running but the dryer wont start. not sure what to look for next.

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  • mike_hinken May 22, 2009

    what does a motor cost?

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HI. if the timer is running, and the wiring harness is in good condition, this will confirm motor failure. I would advise to test the operational value of the door switch as well but if the door switch is working, this will only lead to motor failure.

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  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters May 22, 2009

    An average motor for this unit will cost 178.00 to 230.00. it will depend on the actual store that you are purchasing from.

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