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Kenmore gas dryer will not start

Dryer will not start. When I push the start button nothing happens. If I put my ear close to the timer I can hear a faint hum. Door switch and thermal fuse have both been ruled out. What is the next step? "On" switch reads 1.60 on the multimeter when I disconnect everything from it and test it. Is that switch bad? It is a 1988, should I take the hit and buy a new one?

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Try connecting the wires going to the start button to each other, see if it starts then. You checked the door switch the same way? Thermal fuse or in line resistor?

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