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My dryer was working fine until one morning it wouldnt even start. We have cleaned out the traps, We have checked the door... the light comes on every time its opened. The buttons seem to work and move fine. Yet our dryer is still not working.

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    Marc Uhrey Mar 12, 2011

    Is it a gas or electric dryer? If electric, does it run on 120 volts AC (VAC) or 240VAC?

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This is a symptom of a blown thermal fuse located on the blower housing. This thermal fuse is in wired in series with the motor and power to the motor is cut when the fuse blows then the motor cannot run and no dryer function works. Click on the link below for the details on how to troubleshoot this kind of dryer problem.

Troubleshooting Whirlpool and Kenmore Dryers Not Starting

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