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Dryer won't run unless we hold the button

We need to hold the button to run the dryer and not sure if it's some kind of sensor problem. there is heat coming out when we hold it down so I'm not sure what the problem is.

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The start button starts the motor heater and energizes a relay that latches closed to keep the motor and heater running untill the timer switch or door switch cut the power to the relay and the relay opens.
The latching relay has failed or disconnected
if all the cables are attached to the relay
replace relay
not an expensive item, good for another 10years

Posted on Aug 10, 2008

  • bondo_12345 Dec 21, 2010

    I have this exact same issue but when I held the button on the motor caught on fire I beleive. I just tore it apart because the night I believe it caught on fire there was smoke comeing out the back. When I tore it apart there was black suit on the motor. When I was holding the button the tumbler was turning but soundend like it was pulling alot of amps (overworkin)



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