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Whirlpool dryer ler6620pq1 starts and dries fine..however, you have to place something in front of start knob or it shuts off. works normally as long as something in holding start knob in

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There are centripetal contacts in the motor that have to work or the motor wont stay running (spinning).

CHECK THE POWER IN YOU BREAKER BOX.....
220 volt dryers have 1 (large) breaker or 2 (small) breakers (tied together) in you breaker panel. If there are 2 breakers tied together, it is possible that only one has tripped causing you to lose a phase. That could cause weird issues like you are experiencing. Try turning off this (double) breaker and then back on again.

If it's still working the same way you may have a bad motor. Check the parts / troubleshooting site below if it's still not functioning properly.

" If the dryer hums when the start switch is activated, or if the motor runs only while activating the start switch, the motor might be defective or something might be binding the drum preventing it from turning freely. "

Posted on Dec 01, 2014

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  • rich bates
    rich bates Dec 01, 2014

    Edward: the dryer has worked fine for 7/8 yrs...it stil works fine as long as you put something in front of the "push to start" button...if you do this it runs the cycle as usual...if you take the object away from the button, it shuts off....

  • edward Gardner
    edward Gardner Dec 02, 2014

    http://www.applianceaid.com/whirlpool-dr...

  • edward Gardner
    edward Gardner Dec 02, 2014

    Follow the link i just posted above. sounds like your problem. you can order the part there too.

  • edward Gardner
    edward Gardner Dec 02, 2014

    Didn't realize that it had electronic board in it.

  • edward Gardner
    edward Gardner Dec 02, 2014

    I know it says "even heat" and it doesn't sound like your problem BUT if you follow it you will see your EXACT symptom and the replacement part needed.

  • edward Gardner
    edward Gardner Dec 02, 2014

    http://www.applianceaid.com/whirlpool-dr...

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SOURCE: My Dryer will only work if I hold start button, when I release start button the dryer stops.

Anra, this is a classic symptom of a failed even heat board. I've seen a lot of these failures out there. Easy to change out. Check out this link. Catriver..post back http://www.repairclinic.com/0080.asp

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SOURCE: e-2 error code on whirlpool duet dryer

“E2” flashes if the thermistor has shorted.

The thermistor monitors the exhaust temperature
and cycles the high-limit thermostat on
and off to maintain the desired temperature.
1. Turn the dryer off but keep the electrical
supply connected.
2. Make sure that the dryer is empty and that
the lint screen is clean.
3. Close the dryer door.
4. Select Heavy Duty, Timed Dry, More Time
or Less Time, End of Cycle Signal (Louder)
and Start.
5. If error codes E1 or E2 flash on the display
after 1 minute and the dryer turns off,
the thermistor, or the wire harness, is either
shorted or open. Check the wire connections
at the thermistor or the machine
control electronics board. If wiring checks
okay, replace the thermistor.
6. If the dryer seems to operate normally, remove
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SOURCE: elec. Whirlpool dryer shuts off before clothes are dry, unplug to

I doubt it is your motor that is causing the problem. It's always nice when someone says that it is the most expensive part to fix and that is the only solution. It's an electric dryer and there are tons of things that could be causing the issue for you. It sounds like the problem is probably the thermostat. What this does is shuts off the dryer if the heat is getting to high in the dryer. It is a safety feature to prevent it from catching on fire. It is a easy and cheap fix. The thermostat is located usually somewhere near the heating element housing and only costs around 20 dollars at any appliance repair shop. There is a wire diagram located behind the backing of your control panel. Just remove the few screws and take off the housing. It will help you locate the thermostat. If the motor was the problem your dryer wouldn't shut off the way it is. The thermostat is just shutting it down for safety and that is why you need to keep unplugging it to reset it. Change it out and it should work just fine for you. If you have any other questions let me know and good luck to you.

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Dryer not heating

There is many different things it could be! most of the time it is not the heating element. You have thermal fuses and safety switches. I bet you 10 to 1 if you locate the thermal fuse on the element cannon say 1 foot up from the incoming voltage from the wires to the heating element.

1. either disconnect power to the unit, take continuity on every fuse try the one i suggested first.
2. the same exact fuse im talking about disconnect power and connect both wires together, dont ground it out, plug power back in and then try it.

Note this is only advice and Whirlpool Parts Surplus is not responsible. Try that give us a call or hit that link and find your thermal fuse part number.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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