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My Inglis dryer will not start when the start button is pressed. I've checked the starter switch with a continuity tester by touching one probe to CO (black) and another probe to NO (white)--it doesn't light. With the probes touching and the starter button pressed it does light. Does the switch need replacing?

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  • jerrym_austi Jul 26, 2009

    BTW, there are 3 terminals--the third is C (blue wire)

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No. Judging from what you are saying, the switch seems to be making. First, I would check the thermal fuse. It is usually located just inside the back of the dryer, mounted on or near the exhaust duct. It's about an inch long and can be checked for continuity. If it has none, it is bad. Second, you could look at a faulty door switch. It is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or the front of the dryer to access the switch. You can test it the same way you tested the start switch. Hang in there!! You'll find the problem. Hope this helped and best wishes.

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