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My dryer will not start

Has a household fuse blown or has a circuit breaker tripped?

• There may be 2 household fuses or circuit breakers for the dryer. Make sure both fuses are intact and tight or that both circuit breakers have not tripped. Replace the fuse(s) or reset the circuit breaker(s). If the problem continues, call an electrician.

Is the correct power supply available? (Electric dryers only)

• Electric dryers require 240-volt power supply. Check with a qualified electrician.

Is the dryer door firmly closed?

• Your dryer door may not be fully closed. It may look shut, but may not be latched. Push on the door to engage the latch or latches. Some models have an upper and lower latch. Both latches must be secure for the dryer to run.

Was the Start, Push to Start or Hold to Start button firmly pressed?

• Large loads may require the Start, Push to Start, or Hold to Start button to be pressed and held for two to five seconds.

Is the cycle control knob set on a sensor dry or timed dry cycle? (on some models)

• The cycle control knob must be set in a automatic dry or electronic sensor dry or timed dry cycle. The dryer will not start if set on the extra care option.

Is controls locked status light on? (on some models)

• Press and hold the cycle signal button for three seconds. This will turn off the controls locked feature.

Did you recently install a power supply cord on the dryer? (Electric dryers only)

• The power supply cord may be incorrectly installed. If the power cord is incorrectly installed, the dryer may not start or heat. Review the installation instructions to check that the power supply cord is properly installed.

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