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Dryer used to overheat and shut down. was hard to restart,had to hold start button down. now will not start

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Possibly bad capacitor on the motor. A bad motor can "mimic" a bad capacitor also. Without a capacitor tester, install a new capacitor, it's easy and cheaper than a new motor. Good luck!

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