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Push to start switch does not work

I have a kenmore dryer model 11073942101. The push to start switch works only if I keep my finger on it. After I take my finger the dryer's barrel stops turning.

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That is a bad motor. Run winding is gone. This video shows how to replace it on a newer model:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm1ZCiAnxto&feature=player_embedded

This video shows how to get to it on older models:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiXD8euFteQ&feature=player_embedded

Posted on Jul 08, 2010

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Dryer want start up


There are several reasons why this may occur:
1. Open the dryer door and look for either a small lever at the top of the hole which through which you put your clothes or a small hole with a lever inside that can be moved with a pencil or screwdriver.
If you see a small lever near the top, push the lever in and see if you hear a slight "click". If you do, set the timer to dry, push the start button WHILE PUSHING THE LEVER IN. If the dryer starts, the metal lever you are holding may have gotten bent inward. Let the lever go and bend it a little further out. Then insure that the door makes contact with the lever as it closes and pushed the lever in enough to hear that click. Close door and try to start dryer again.
The same procedure will be used for the other type of switch. If there is a hole, use a screw driver to insert in the hole and push the lever to hear a click. Opposite the hole on the inside of the door should be a tab, or a finger type object that, when the door is closed, will insert itself in the door and push the lever. If this finger is missing or broken, it must be replaced. If the finger is there, stick the screwdriver into the lever and try to start the dryer. If it works, insure the finger is aligned to enter the hole properly.
If the dryer does not start with any of these tests, you may have a bad door switch, which we were testing. We will need to check:
1. That you have power to the unit. 2. That the dryer cord and terminal are ok and in working order. 3. If the thermal fuse is ok. 4. If your timer is working properly.
To troubleshoot further, I'm going to need the make and model number. The make (Kenmore, Crosley, Whirpool, GE) should be on the console. The model number may be on the inside of the door or on the back of the unit.
I look forward to assisting you further.

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Dryer won't stay on


The motor centrifugal switch is not switching from the start winding to the run winding. The switch should stay in the run winding when the motor picks up speed unless power to the motor is interrupted or cut off. The switch is replaceable on most dryer models but sometimes it is an integral or built-in part of the dryer motor and failure of the switch requires the replacement of the motor. Indicate the exact model number of the dryer for more accurate troubleshooting and repair advice.

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The push to start switch needs to be held down for the dryer to work


Good day,
When you push the start switch, power is sent to the motor directly.
When released the centrifugal switch mounted on the motor has another electrical path to that power wire, and keeps it running.
The switch has failed.
With complete model number, you can call to see if you can buy only the switch, but more likely you'll have to replace the motor.
Sorry about that.
Jack....

Dec 04, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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Our old Kenmore Model:65801 quit working. You can hear the timer running but nothing happens when you push the start button.


Try pushing the door switch in with your finger while trying to start. If works, see if the door fits tightly and the hinges are not worn out. Another trick is glue something to the door where the switch strikes so that the button is pushed further.

Sep 14, 2009 | Dryers

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PUSH TO START BUTTON DOES NOT WORK


its not the start button check the door switch if broken or actuator is broken you get the results as you dry

Aug 21, 2009 | Kenmore Dryers

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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.

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No heat in my dryer


GO TO www.repairclinic.com ENTER MODEL NUMBER SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE RED 100 AND CLICK IT THEN LOOK FOR PART 2923 AND/OR 1181075 CHECK THESE FOR CONTINUITY IF OPEN(BLOWN) CHANGE THEM OUT. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE A MALFUNCTIONING DRYER SENSOR FOR IGNITER AND FLAME PART 2681.

Apr 17, 2009 | Dryers

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Must hold start button to run. no heat


disconnect power and remove lid. Test the door switch w a volt meter do so opening and closing the door not pushing switch if circuit stays open try pushing switch with finger. If pushing closes circuit then adjust switch.If circuit stays open replace switch. If switch operates with no problems then it is the motor. Check all connections and vacuum lint from motor
How old is this dryer?

Dec 30, 2008 | Kenmore Dryers

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Need help with OLD dryer


IF YOU MEAN THAT THE DRYER STARTS BACK UP WHEN YOU CLOSE THE DOOR, THE PUSH TO START SWITCH IS SHORTED. CHECK TO SEE IF THE PUSH TO START BUTTON IS STUCK PRESSED IN AND NOT SPRINGING BACK OUT.
IF IT IS STUCK, TRY WD-40 TO LOOSTEN IT. OTHERWISE, REPLACE THE SWITCH.

IF THE DRYER KEEPS RUNNING WHEN YOU "OPEN" THE DOOR, THE DOOR SWITCH IS SHORTED. REPLACE THE DOOR SWITCH.

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