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Is there a sensor on the motor? The dryer will start up,but will only run for a little while,and will only come back on after cooling down for about a half an hour

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Hi, The motor is heating up and the thermal overload is cutting out....then after it cools it starts again...
There can be many reasons why your dryer will not start or turn...

The most common causes are the belt breaking or jumping off, or the motor goingbad...

Here are a couple of tips that I wrote will help you to figure out why yourdryer will not run...

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