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Dryer was running, son took out clothes slammed door shut, now won't start. Any solutions!!

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  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith May 11, 2010

    Sounds like the actuator for the door switch is broken . What brand and model number ?

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Hi. That's a pretty strong son you have there! But seriously folks.... Unplug the dryer. Check for loose connections (screws) at the latch and catch. Tighten up anything loose. If this doesn't get you up and running test the switch for proper operation with an electrical meter. Also check for loose wiring connections at the switch when you go to test the switch itself.
Regards, --W/D--

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