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9 year old whirlpool dryer won't start

- light is on timer works,wiring and fuse is fine - could it be the on switch?

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Re: 9 year old whirlpool dryer won't start - Roper RES7646KQ Electric Dryer Dryers

Bad thermal fuse at blower housing.

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