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I have a kenmore 600 series dryer. I replaced the heating element since my wife noticed there wasn't heat anymore. Upon removing the old element there was visual evidence of a break. After i replaced the element and pushed the start button for a trial there was a momentary spark somewhere. I couldn't tell exactly where. It did trip the main house circuit breaker as well. Since that time, whenever the unit is plugged in the heating element goes hot and starts glowing. The wires that go to the bottom fuse are live with voltage. Also the motor now makes a binding noise. I took the blower houseing off and emptied it out. It definilty needed it. I reattempted a start with the blower housing shrowd off so that i could see if the motor was actually turning. It is not. I can take a screwdriver and manually start turning the motor almost like you would for an old airplane and the motor will take off and spin. One, I am not convinced this is a bad motor since the heating element is hot as soon as you plug in the unit. The motor will spin so it seems like maybe there is something electricly going on. I have checked the fuzes and all are active. Is this some kind of conrol switch problem?

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Sounds like the centrifugal start switch located inside the blower end of the motor is stuck in the run position

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