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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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