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Dryer won't turn on - interior light on

I have a 6 year old dryer that will not turn on... the drum doesn't turn, but the interior light is on. I have checked the fuse box, unplugged and replugged the dryer and it won't come on. The timer runs when turned to a timed setting, but when I press the button to turn it on, it does nothing - no sound, no starting.

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  • jwags83 Jul 10, 2008

    Thanks for the response.. The door switch does not seem to be the problem as the light goes out. The motor appears to try to run... now I think it may be an electrical problem... from the outside. With the dryer unplugged, I disconnected and reconnected all the electrical contact points to the heater element, the drum motor, and everything else visible. I put it all back together and it started running, however the belt sounds like it is "rubbing" or "squeeking" and the dryer wouldn't start up again after a full cycle. I repeated the process and again it worked for one cycle. Could the belt be bad? or the motor? or would you suggest an electrical issue? Following four days of vacation, I experienced the same thing... disconnect the electrical points, reconnect and it works for 1 cycle, then when you start it, the motor acts like it is trying to turn, but just can't start.... This is with clothes in the dryer... when empty the drum starts to turn. Again, now I think it is a power issue --



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It sounds like you have either a broken drum belt or a door switch that isn't working. If the dryer belt breaks, the drum will not turn, but you will probably still hear the motor running. I don't think your model has a broken belt switch that disables the motor (at least I couldn't find one). You didn't mention anything about hearing a motor running, either. The likely cause, then. would be a door switch. If the switch was not making contact when the door was closed, it would give the very same symptoms you described. Have you tried pushing on the switch with the door open to see if the drum light goes out? If the light DOES go out, we probably have a primary power problem to the drive motor. If the light DOES NOT go out, replace the door switch. You can find the part at Just type in your model number and you can locate the switch under the "Cabinet Parts" heading as item number 10 (part #3406107). Let me know how you diagnose this and get back to me. If it is the switch, I can give you steps on how to replace it. If its not, then we'll have to troubleshoot a little further. I'm trying the simple approach first before attempting to disassemble the dryer. I hope this helps you.

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