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My dryer won't run. The light is on when I open the door but I get nothing. The main circuit breakers aren't tripped. Is there a switch or breaker on the motor that could have gotten tripped? We bought the dryer new in 95 & replaced the motor in 02. Hoping it is minor.

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Sounds like one of the thermal switches is bad. Open back of dryer and look for metal round thermal switches. They are about a quarter in size. Use a jumper wire from on side to the other, try them all like this until you find the bad one then replace it. Also when you do this unplug unit, jump wire, then turn on. Always unplug when hands are on wires.

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