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Dryer GE 1year old GTDX100EM1WW need to hold start button to run dryer

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Manage My Life
Sorry you having problems with your Dryer. The switch usually has coil to create a magnet pull to keep switch on with a spring to turn off if power is lost. This is so if breaker or fuse is blown Dryer will be off. So once pushed power is on it will stay on because of magnetic pull keeps the switch closed. The timer will interrupt power at end of cycle. The coil has shorted preventing it from making magnetic field. If you feel comfortable and have tools to fix you can order switch and replace. Only you know you level of comfort. If you do not feel confident about working with electricity, then get professional help. Some items will shock even if unplugged. Though that is mostly TV’s or Electronics though never know if Capacitor is present. If you do decide to work on it yourself. Make sure unplug before starting work. Here is a part diagram to order switch. Good luck hope this helps.
by Manage My Life
August 18th, 2012
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Joey S
Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

I would suspect a faulty belt/idler spring switch or the drum belt has come off or has broken. If the brown wire between the start switch and the broken belt switch has come loose or if the pink wire comes loose, the motor will not remain running when start is released. If the centrifugal motor switch does not close contact M5 and M6, the motor will not remain running when start is released. Check the belt switch operation and you find it not closing causing the symptom you have. You can test the idler/belt switch for continuity with an Ohm meter.

I added an image below of the wiring diagram and an image showing how to remove the drum.

NOTE: Disconnect the power cord from the power source before servicing.



If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

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by Joey S Earned 2,111 community points in Washers
August 20th, 2012
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