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My Dryer will only work if I hold start button, when I release start button the dryer stops.

I have Whirlpool GEW9878LW Electric Dryer. My Dryer will only work if I hold start button, when I release start button the dryer stops. I made sure the timer is on, dryer door is closed. Usually I set the time for the dryer and push start and it starts working. Please help. Thanks in advance.

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  • Anra Rakra Mar 28, 2007

    This is Anra again. I went to the suggested link and could not find "even heat board. Could you please give more explanation or the exact name of the item I need to find.

  • gscout Nov 04, 2007

    I too have the same problem. The start button is pushed but won't stay on. Door is closed, lint tray is clean, drum will turn but won't stay running. Joni :o)

  • Anonymous Sep 29, 2008

    Whirlpool LE4634EQ2 My dryer is doing the same it only stays on if I hold the start button. What do I need to replace.

  • muddywatersb Jan 12, 2009

    I have Whirlpool GEW9878LW Electric Dryer. My Dryer will only work if I
    hold start button, when I release start button the dryer stops. I made
    sure the timer is on, dryer door is closed. Usually I set the time for
    the dryer and push start and it starts working.



  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Dryer timer works but dryer won't start?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    Lg Dryer control panel not responding- its stuck and no button will work. The dryer is on the only way to stop it is open the door. If I close door it just runs and runs

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    will run while i hold start button but stops when I release it

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Hi I have a calypso dryer an just recent it stopped working after changing loads the problem is that when I push a button then push the start button it just beeps an won't start up u have any idea what's wrong

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Hi I have a calypso dryer an just recent it stopped working after changing loads the problem is that when I push a button then push the start button it just beeps an won't start up u have any idea what's wrong

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Dryer does not start because there is electrical problem even though it is plugged in the electrical socket

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Anra, this is a classic symptom of a failed even heat board. I've seen a lot of these failures out there. Easy to change out. Check out this link. Catriver..post back http://www.repairclinic.com/0080.asp

Posted on Mar 26, 2007

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2007

    Anra, your part number is 3976623, it will take care of your problem...Catriver

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2011

    I am helping a girlfriend of mine with this exact problem. I came here because I've used this site as well as ordered parts through the repair clinic - GREAT help/resource!!!

    Her's is a Whirlpool Gold Model dryer (I believe she gave me the washer model number though GSX9885J) - but it's the mate to dryer to the set. She states that the when she holds the button in it runs but as soon as she lets go it stops. She seems to think it is just the button/switch/timer mechanism only. I believe you; that it's the "even heat board" and I saw the post back with the part number. I am going to ask her to verify the model number - but I guess my question is; is there any way that this can be only a timer/switch issue - like the button won't click in? I need to see it in person too - which I will. But, I'd hate to steer her in a wrong direction (us women need to keep impressing our husbands with our fix-it sensibilities!). Carolyn

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