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Dryer has power, but no signs of it.

Unit is .

Possible cause of problem:
Last time I heard the unit attempt to turn on, it started to but stopped shortly after starting. I opened the door and there was a towel caught slightly in the door, which may have prevented drum from turning. (A guess) I don't know if this means my motor could be bad now or a cap could be out (or even if I have a cap on this unit, or even how to get to the motor/cap)

Tested power on both sides of cord, correctly showing power after determining no fuse is out. (240 across both hots)

Read documentation which said to check thermal sensor next. There were actually two similar looking sensors, both of which are correctly -not- open. Tested door switch, which is good as well.

Out of curiosity, I tested power before and while holding on switch, and the voltage changes. (Not sure what that means exactly)

Door light isn't even lit, but I can't recall ever noticing it working (or not working) before.

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Measure each 'leg' (neutral to hot) of the power at the dryer. Before holding the switch and after. If the 120v 'disappears' or drops at all, the circuit breaker in your house panel may be bad or there is a bad connection at the breaker or plug receptacle.

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