I have checked for power to all areas. Had a power surge but unable to trouble shoot the actual problem. checked the door switch and it is clicking like it is supposed to but dryer light is not coming on. Is the problem the starter switch or the door switch
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Sounds like a bad door switch ( the little button the door closes against). If that switch is bad, the dryer thinks the door is open even though the door is closed. Dryer will not start. thats the easiest place to start.
It seems like clogged vent problem but as I always say The best method is to do your home work and you must do total trouble shooting procedure and replace defective parts if necessary and
Best way is visual check and check for any faulty component and parts and check all thermostats and sensors and look for clogged vent or any damaged or rusty or cracked components and use step by step deduction method for trouble shooting
Check your breakers to see if they tripped. If your sure you have power to the dryer, then check the door switch. You should hear a click from the switch. If no click is heard, replace switch with this part.
Usually a dryer that will not start is the door switch. The switch is simple to change and comes in different styles. Some have a screw or two to remove and some without screws you just pry out to replace. To replace open the door and you will se a button that closes the switch when the door is closed. Depending on the type remove screws or pry the switch out. Your local appliance dealer has these switches cheap. Take your with you as well as the make and model number to buy a new switch. Reinstall and all is well. Hope that helps and thanks for asking Fixya.com, Rich
First trouble shooting is to make sure you are getting 220 to the outlet not 110; We all know that on a 220 outlet there is 110 on each side and if you are not getting 110 from each side, the dryer motor won't turn on. If you are getting 220, then try manual start. Hold in on the door switch and push the start switch. If that don't work then it is the motor.
drcool is right, we need to know what type of dryer, but is sounds like the centrifugal safty switch is bad and that is why it was not reamining running after you release the start button. Some dryers it is seperate from the motor, others it is in the motor, that is where I would start testing and see if that switch is bad. You really will need a wiring diagram to truly trouble shoot it, and most dryers have them somewhere inside the covers.
i would start simple, check your door switch for continuity and then check the start switch. If this is an electric dryer make sure you have a ull 220 volts to the dryer, anything less and only part of the machine (timer) will operate
The only things that will not allow the dryer to start are the following:
I know you said you checked the breakers, but they could be the cause.
The Child bouncing on the doorcould have broken the stub stub that pushes the door switch in.
You may need to firmly press the Start switch.
The dryer need to be plugged in, I know you checked it.
These are the four main things. Since the child bounced on the door, the trouble is most likely with the door switch. Try to use a stick or something to simulate the door closing and activate the switch and push the start button. If this starts the Dryer, and closing the door firmly does not, then the switches position or doors prod that pokes the switch, is not lined up or failiing to fully activate the door switch.