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Whirlpool Dryer wont start

I have a Whirlpool Duet dryer GEW9200W0 that wont start drying when the start button is pressed. All of the lights are on the control panel and the sensing light stays on, It acts like it wants to start but doesnt. I checked and made sure the vent was clear. Your help would be appreciated.

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  • merice1 Mar 17, 2008

    The light goes off when the door is closed. From the beginning, I push the control button and the panel lights come on. Then I push the start button and hold it until it beeps once. Its supposed to start at this point but doesnt. The sensing light comes on when push the start button.

  • Ron Coons
    Ron Coons May 11, 2010

    does it beep 3 times when start pushed?? is the staart light solid or continue to blink???? the light in the unit goes off when the door is closed???

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    Dryer starts but then stops after about 5-10 minutes and flashes lights. Wont dry

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Possible door s/w or thermal fuse. If its blowing thermal fuses with a clean and avg vent run check the relay, cycle unit with no heat fuction if the heat still comes on replace the relay board. Call your local servicer.

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