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Dryer runs only while holding the "start" button

Hello,

I have been looking for a solution to this problem with my dryer for a day or two. I have seen two common replies to this.

1. motor bad (start winding good, run winding bad)
2. the controller board.

Is there any way for me to determine which one it is? I can understand the motor being a problem if the controller board is not a factor in keeping the motor running only checking humidity, time etc.

thank you for your help

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