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GEW9878PW1 Whirlpool dryer will start and heat up when start button is depressed, but stopps immediately after letting go of the start button.

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SOURCE: Dryer starts when start button is pressed and held but will not stay running when button is released

there is a holding contact at the motor wiring, check the schematics and trace that holding contact. it should hold the motor running as soon as it starts.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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SOURCE: while push to start button is depressed, dryer works...

I must respectfully disagree with micbeth1981, sorry. This symptom screams Even Heat Control board. So Carlos, if you choose to replace the switch as advised, go for it. It's alot cheaper than the EHC board for sure, but you'll still be replacing a part that doesn't need replacing.
Generally speaking, when these boards fail, there are burn marks on the PC board that are easy to see. Not all the time, but more times than not. Follow this link to see a breakdown, #13 in the drawing is the component that's failed.

So if you want to visually inspect it, follow these steps. All you need is a Phillips screwdriver, a 1/4" socket/nut driver and a flashlight.


Remove the 2 end cap trim panels on the console by pulling on them from the top (they are just snapped in place). This exposes a phillips screw on both sides, remove these. Behind the dryer control panel, you'll see two 1/4" screws on either side, remove these. Now pull the control panel toward you and lift at the same time.
You should be able now to rotate the entire control panel so you can access the back panel. Remove any screws there and set that panel aside. This will expose the EHC board (it's the PC board mounted in a white plastic bracket). Use a flashlight and inspect the board, see any burns? If so this verifies the failure. If not? Well, I told you that it doesn't burn every time... It's still a failed board.

If you followed the link above, you'd have seen that the part number for this board is 3402605. If you have an appliance parts retailer nearby, you can pick one up there for ~$130, or you can order one online from Sears (the above link) or just shop around for the best price.

Another note... Occassionally, when these boards blow out, it also takes the thermister with it. Which means that it'll have to be replaced as well. Here's the link for it just in case you need it after replacing the board.

micbeth1081, seriously... no disrespect intended.


Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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SOURCE: dryer won't stay on. I press the start button and it won't work unless I keep the button depressed manually

Hi, your start push button is malfunctioning. simply replacing this start switch will fix your issue.

Posted on May 21, 2009

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SOURCE: whirlpool gas dryer no heat

One the terminals on the flame sensor fell off. II guess this is a common problem. relaced the sensor and
I'm back to drying clothes.

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

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SOURCE: My Kenmore dryer "Start" button does not stay depressed.

a complete model # from inside the door would be helpful, on wost dryers when this occures the motor is packed with lint so the sentrifisle switch cant move from the pastion to the run or the switch on the motor itself is bad, the run windings in the motor could be bad. some of thethe more complicated dryers have a relay on their control board than burns out. try blowing out the motor with compressed air or the blow end of a shop vac use the skinney attat. to concentrate air

Posted on Dec 08, 2009

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