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I have an Estate dryer model # TEDS840PQ1.. when I press the start button nothing happens.. I can hear the timer count down and the light comes on when the door is opened.. when I push the door switch the light goes out as designed

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  • grshoppa Dec 12, 2009

    Unfortunately my meter is in my toolbox at work and I can't get it till monday.. can I jump two of the wires to see if it is the switch ?.. The switch has three wires.

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HI. The start switch may be the culprit here. I recommend testing this switch to confirm the damage.

Locate the start switch(Usually located in the control panel housing). it will have two or three wires connected to it. Label the wires and connections so that you can properly reconnect them later. The wires are connected with slip on connectors. Firmly pull the connectors off of the terminals (do not pull on the wire itself). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and the terminals for corrosion. If either is corroded they should be cleaned or replaced.

Use a multimeter to test for continuity. Set the meter to the ohms setting X1. For a two wire switch, touch one probe to each terminal. You should get a reading of infinity. With the probes still in place, press and hold the start switch, the reading should change to zero.

For a three wire switch, touch one probe to the terminal labeled NC (or CT1) and touch the other probe to the terminal labeled CO (or R1). You should get a reading of infinity. With the probes still in place, press and hold the start switch, the reading should change to zero.

If the switch fails either test, it should be replaced.


NOTE_ IF the start switch passes the test, the timer will be the culprit, due to damaged circuitry.(This is uncommon, but likely).

Posted on Dec 12, 2009

  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Dec 12, 2009

    Yes, you can jump the switch.

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