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Ge electric dryer quit running, it threw a breaker , will not turn back on when breaker is thrown back on

Does this mean it's the dryer switch or does the dryer have it's own fuse

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  • fixmeow Feb 12, 2008

    the breaker didn't shut all the way off had to throw it all the way off then back on taduh

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HAVEN'T GIVEN UP GOING TO GET TWO FUSES TRY THE FIRST ONE THEN IS IT BLOWS THEN I'LL KNOW IT'S THE DRYER ALSO GOING AFTER LAMP GUTS HAVE TWO LAMPS FROM THE FIFTIES I'M RESTORING

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