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Plug dryer in wall wont start

I bought a used whirlpool dryer when I got it home it wont turn on or work but the person I bought it from demo in his house dryer works fine. when I plug in my old dryer it runs, but when I plug in the one I just bought I get nothing. They both have the three prng plug so why is it the old model runs on the out let but the dryer I bought wont. Old dryer- Frigidare model number: FDE7970EW2 runs. Whirlpool model number Lec8858equ1 wont. I am at my wits end. Help!!!

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The most obvious thing to me is that the cord may have been loosened or damaged by the move, or the terminals in the machine may have loosened. Either test the cord on your "new" machine, or replace it with a known "good" cord. Wait a already have one of those....
Try it, it may be the very thing!

Regards, --W/D--

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