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Dryer will not start. May have overheated due to clogged hose vent

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Check to see if you have a breaker built into the dryer and reset, and that your breaker panel of your house has no tripped breaker. Check that your door switch is making contact with the door/striker on the door. You should hear a distinct "click" when depressing it with your finger or end of pencil eraser. These switches are notorious for breaking or bending, and if you have children that like to ride the dryer door they can bend the door out of alignment. You can UNPLUG the dryer, remove the switch, and use a multi meter on the two wires to make sure you have good continuity when the switch is depressed, depending on how handy you are.


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It sounds like it might be overheating. Could your vent be clogged up? When you start the dryer go outside to the vent to see if there is a real good flow of air coming out. If not, the hose or the insides of the dryer are clogged, or the hose is kinked. Sorry, I can't come up with anything else that would be an easy fix. Best of luck.

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HI, if this has occurred, the issue may be a faulty high limit thermostat or, the thermal fuse has been tripped, due to an obstructed ventilation system(exhaust assembly).

Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

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Make sure the dryer vent hose, as well as the rest of the vent duct, is not clogged.

Unless regular maintenance is performed, chances are there is a lot of lint accumulated inside the dryer. This might affect the drying time and could be a fire hazard. Make sure to have your dryer cleaned regularly. Because this might involve taking most of the dryer apart, it is recommended to have a qualified appliance repairman perform this task.

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