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Our Whirlpool dryer runs, then cuts out. After a

Our Whirlpool dryer runs, then cuts out. After a short time it will run again. Lately, it's been stopping and then re-starting all by itself. What's wrong?

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Sounds as if your motor is defective. It has an internal thermal switch which cuts the motor off before it gets too hot. After it cools, the switch makes up and the unit is able to run again.

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