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This is likely cause from the start run switch. When the dryer start button is pushed (push button is a monetary contact) it sends a current to the start run switch on the motor, the motor starts turning and the switch recieves a signal to stay running. If you remove the inspection door on the rear of the dryer and look at the electric motor you will see a little switch with the wiring harness attached to it. This switch is the likely culprit. You can easily replace this switch by first disconnecting the power, then remove the inspection door or back cover. Then remove the mounting screws. Using a piece of paper draw a diagram of the switch and wire position alone with there color so that you can easily replace the switch. Install the new switch, replace the wires and you good to go.
Some times in really rare cases it could be the electric motor, Because the motor has to be turning at a predetermined speed to trigger the switch, if the motor is not turn fast enough due to worn bearing or faulty armature this too could be the issue. Whoever I would suggest replacing the centrifugal start / run switch.

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