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Dryer stops I push and hold the start button on my Kenmore Elite dryer. The dryer begins to work. As soon as I let go of the button, the dryer stops. It stops no matter how long I hold in the start button.

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Re: Dryer stops

Your motor switch is gone you can either change the switch or motor you could try tapping the switch sometimes it will free the contact this switch is on the motor

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