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I press the start switch and as long as I hold the button in, the drum will turn, but no heat. The timer used to wind down when the dryer was off but the timer doesnt move at all not. There is power to the timer. I have replaced the motor and still the same results. It seems like it should be a simple fix. Got any suggestions?

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Hello,

This is a very common issue on these units. You can read several articles about this repair and order the part from the link below.

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