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My dryer will not continue running after I release the Start button. Is there a latching relay inside? Does it have an electronic control instead? Could it be a bad moisture sensor? Sears Kenmore electric dryer. Model 110.63932101.

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There is a relay in the control panel. It also has an electronic controller.

There would not be a latching relay, usually the start button energizes a relay, and they use a NO contact wired parallel to the start button.

There should be a schematic in the dryer some place. You'll have to use your voltmeter and test the unit to find out which component is failing.

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