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Dryer stopped running, will not restart

I have owned this dryer for about 4-5 years and have had to replace 2 heating elements and one set of solenoids. This morning I threw in a load of clothes to dry for Memorial Day. I went downstairs and found the dryer not running and the clothes damp-dry. I went to restart and nothing happens. The light inside is on, and I unplugged and plugged in the dryer but still no drum rotation. Since I have a house full of guests coming in a few hours, I don't have time to diagnose. For the other problems the drum always turned but the igniter never started. Where should I begin looking?
Thanks in advance for any help.

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  • nixamousa May 26, 2008

    Same issue, dryer light on when door opened - however dryer does not give any indication of starting. Motor not running - nothing. As if a "fuse" or relay inside the dryer is faulty.

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When you try to restart do you hear a motor running? If you do hear that sound and the dryer does not turn your belt could be the problem. (broken)

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