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Kenmore electric dryer won't start

When I push the start button I can hear the timer switch getting power and making noises, but nothing else happens. I can push and hold start button down and feel the power getting to timer, but nothing happens after that. If belt was broken would I still feel heat out of dryer? I have the EXACT same issue. There is definately power to the outlet. I hear and feel the timer trying to work but the dryer does not turn on. It also seemed to make the clothes extra hot recently.

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  • vjt57 Jul 25, 2008

    I have the exact problem with my Kemore 110.63032100 as of today. Power is going to dryer, light goes on when open, timer dial makes noise when you press start button. Belt is good, barrel moves freely. Help!

  • johncerisano Nov 07, 2008

    My fuse keeps blowing, so I changed all the element fuse and the heating thermu and all the ones by the heating coils, the dryer ran well for a week and boom quit working, main fuse blew again, service cant fix it and my dryer is only 2 yrs old. The clothes are so hot you cant touch them. they smell like they are burning. this happens cause i put foil around the fuse and the dryer works but its to hot for the clothes

  • joeh915 Mar 29, 2009

    I have a kenmore elite 1 yr old,dryer,after a load is dry and put another load in,it does not start,but after 7-10 minutes it starts,can anyone help

  • brandenmitch
    brandenmitch Jul 28, 2012

    i cant find the number your talking about the model/stock number on the door is 180-00 and the serial number is mh2521960

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Posted on Apr 20, 2009

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    brandenmitch Jul 28, 2012

    how do i test the door switch? can i jump the circut?

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