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Thread: Whirlpool Dryer will no start with start button

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    Unhappy Whirlpool Dryer will no start with start button

    Model Number: LEQ8000JQ4
    Brand: Whirlpool
    Age: 6-10 years

    My heating element went out on Monday and I ordered a new one and it came in yesturday so I replaced it just as the old one was hooked up and when I plugged it in and tried to start it a spark flew out the back of the dryer. I then unplugged it and rechecked everything that I did with the heating element and plugged it back in and it came on as long as it is on a timed setting it will come on automatically when you shut the door and run the cycle. It will not start with the start button. I am not sure what I need to replace to fix this problem. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Admin/Technician Doc Ryan's Avatar
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    South Dakota
    With the dryer unplugged, I would closely inspect the wires around the terminal block (where the power cord connects to). These wires are common to burn up and cause problems if the power cord wasn't installed properly. I would try to find where the sparks came from.... if it sparked enough where you could see it from the front, then you should be able to see signs of what was arcing.

    You could have a bad timer, push to start relay switch, control board, or something else? You will have to make some checks to narrow it down.
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