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Dryer runs only when "Start" button is being pushed

Our electric dryer will run only when the Start button is held down.  Obviously, we can't hold it down for the entire time it takes to dry the clothes.  Anybody know what the problem is?

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Re: dryer runs only when "Start" button is being pushed

--Bad motor run windings
--bad motor switch
These are two possibilities.How old is the dryer. may not be worth it. get the model# from the dryer & price a motor. (new motor cures both of these possibilities)

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