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Sparks from starter switch wires

Starter switch popped off and hit inside wall panel and sparked melting the tips of wire connectors, changed all connectors and put them back on starter switch (after testing it of course) and now dryer will not start but you can hear it trying to run just no heat and the drum doesn't turn WHAT GIVES?

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You may have lost one leg of power at the panel if fused or on 2 single pole breakers,or you could have burnt the neutral connection somewhere inside the unit

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