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My Kenmore Series 70 Dryer will not start at all. No sensation of the start button doing anything when I push it. Thermal fuse continuity is good (0 ohms). Light goes off inside the dryer when I depress the switch. What shall I try next? Sue Ann

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Most likely its the push button that is bad. you can buy one from any appliance dealer that services a kenmore dryer. the part is a reasonable price. you also have to give them the model number and serial number. have a good day!!

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I do have a picture of the locations of the thermal fuses for some dryer in my tips.To test the door switch then you will need to remove the wires from the switch and test it the same way when you push the switch in by hand the meter should have a tone or read zero this is good if there is no tone or does not read zero then it is bad.

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