Part Location Diagram of WE4M416 GE Push-to-Start Switch
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Push-to-Start Switch WE4M416

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PartSelect Number PS3487190
Manufacturer Part Number WE4M416
Manufactured by GE
Product Description

Push-to-Start Switch Specifications

This switch is used to activate the dryer.
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Troubleshooting
This part fixes the following symptoms:
Won’t Start | Touchpad does not respond | Will Not Start
This part works with the following products:
Dryer, Washer Dryer Combo, Washer.
This part works with the following products:
General Electric, Hotpoint, Kenmore.
Part# WE4M416 replaces these:
AP4980900, WE4M352, WE4M367
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Broke switch and later on the black piece on motor timer.
Unplug dryer, remove screws and panel. Take picture of dryer motor so you will put wires back the same way . Remove screws using Allen wrench, then unplug wires put the new motor on secure, then put wires back on. View the photo make sure the wires are the same. Then plug your dryer back up. And Happy drying..
Other Parts Used:
Push-to-Start Switch Timer Knob
  • Lear from SMYRNA, TN
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
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Dryer start switch would only work if something rested against it and then dryer stopped in the middle of cycle.
I watched how to do the repair on YouTube prior to ordering the parts. The video seemed simple enough so I ordered the parts and followed along with the YouTube video. My new push to start switch did not work properly, still had to rest a heavy object against it to get the dryer going and my timer knob worked for a full cycle and a half before it stopped working. It became loose and will not set on any specific time setting. Perhaps I diagnosed my problem incorrectly, not sure just know I am out of $96.06 and am grateful that I have a clothes line strung up outside to dry my clothes for now!
Other Parts Used:
Timer Push-to-Start Switch
  • Cecelia from E PITTSBURGH, PA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Screw drivers
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First, no heat; then, no run
Washer/dryer belongs to a friend. Originally, the problem was that the dryer wouldn’t heat, so I opened it up, and removed the drum thinking it might be the heating element. It wasn’t, and the ohm reading confirmed this. It turned out to be a burnt wire connector to the element ( unknown to me, and found out later, was that the start switch had remained continuously in the down position because the switch was pressed too far down and thus remained locked “on” in place under the surrounding cabinet frame. This, in my opinion, caused for a continual call for heat and thus burnt the wire.)

I replaced the burnt wire/connector and reassembled. Now the dryer would heat, but would only run if the start button was continually depressed. Let go of the button, and the dryer stopped.

Repair pros suggested a new start switch. I bought a new start switch along with a new interlock switch (it basically shuts off dryer if belt breaks because lack of a belt releases pressure on the pulley that keeps switch depressed.) Apparently they can go bad, too.

It turns out neither of these switches were bad. Instead, upon further inspection, after the first installation of the drum belt, the L-shaped bracket which holds the pulley for belt tension became dislocated from its correct position and was not allowing for the depression of the interlock switch, causing the dryer to “read” broken belt, and thus, not run.

I loosened the motor bracket to allow placing the bracket in the correct position. Reassembled and all was good.
PSA - almost every sheet metal edge is razor sharp.
In the process of returning parts. Now in the process of returning parts.
Other Parts Used:
Push-to-Start Switch Interlock Switch
  • Hector from SAN PEDRO, CA
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    More than 2 hours
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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DRYER WOULDN'T START
My dryer knob broke on the timer cycle switch so I ordered a new one along with a new dryer knob which didn't fix the problem, then I ordered the start switch and all I had to do was remove the back of the dryer where all the knobs are located and remove the start switch by turning the start switch to remove it, replace it with the new one by turning it till it clicks in just like when you removed it, put knob back on the front. However that didn't fix my dryer either so I ordered the thermal fuse and switched it out and that was what started the dryer back up. It is located on the back all the way to the bottom where the electrical cord is. Remove the cover and locate the fuse. Use a pair of pliers to pop it out and push the new one back in.
  • GLENDA from BLNG SPG LKS, NC
  • Difficulty Level:
    Very Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    Less than 15 mins
  • Tools:
    Screw drivers
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replaced start button and start switch
disconnect power plug unscrew 3 screws in back. lean forward remove button disconnect 2 wires in back of switch. put switch connect 2 wires and button. connect 3 screws in the back. ready to start working
Other Parts Used:
Push-to-Start Switch Start Push Button
  • Gary from LAVALLETTE, NJ
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    15 - 30 mins
  • Tools:
    Pliers, Screw drivers
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dryer would not stay on so I ordered a button, but wrong part.
First I called to get help with the right part and they told me I needed the pus-to-start-switch. It came in and I called my handyman Ed to install it. I am happy with your service. I dont install but just got the part in.
  • Linda from FITCHBURG, MA
  • Difficulty Level:
    Really Easy
  • Total Repair Time:
    1- 2 hours
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Dryer only runs when Start button is pressed
Originally I thought that the Start switch was the issue, and ordered one. After taking the machine apart and running some tests, the issue was clearly not this switch, but a different switch that cuts power when the belt tension is no longer being applied to the idler pulley spring. I fixed this by bypassing this switch, which in my opinion, is error prone and serves no purpose. The switch can be accessed by removing the control panel, then top cover, then front cover, then drum. The bogus switch is screwed to the bottom left, near the motor. The idler pulley spring rests against it. Just disconnect the switch wires, then clip, strip and crimp then together to bypass the switch, and voila! Now if the belt breaks or comes off the pulley, the motor will continue to run, but you wont hear the wet clothes flopping around, so that will be the indication that you have a belt problem. Hope that helps!
  • Tim from Pembroke, NH
  • Difficulty Level:
    A Bit Difficult
  • Total Repair Time:
    30 - 60 mins
  • Tools:
    Nutdriver, Screw drivers
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Paul
August 26, 2017
Dryer will only run if you hold down the start button. Will replacing the start switch fix this problem?
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Hi Paul, Thank you for your inquiry. If you have to hold down the push-to-start switch to get the dryer to work, then you will have to replace it as it sounds like it is not working correctly. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Jackie
March 8, 2018
The knob is just going around and not connecting to the starter. I have to use plyers to turn dryer on. Ordered a new knob sometime ago but did the same thing. Do i need a new starter?
For model number gtdp300gm1ws
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Hello Jackie, thank you for your question. If the knob was replaced but still turns around the whole way without connecting to the starter switch you would want to replace the switch itself. That is part number Push-to-Start Switch WE4M416. Please enter the part number into the site for current price and availability. Good luck with your repair!

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Mike
April 12, 2018
Dryer was working fine now when pushing the start button will not start
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Hi Mike, Thank you for your question. If your dryer is not starting, there are some parts that you will need to check to see which ones are causing the issue. You will need to check the door switch, the thermal fuse, the push-to start switch, the drive motor and the timer or the electronic control board (depending on what type of dryer you have). For more information, we would need the model number from your dryer. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Bob
August 8, 2018
I have to hold the start switch in to continue the operation of the dryer. If you let it go the dryer stops. This should be a momentary contact switch, is that correct? Will changing this out solve the problem or is something else causing it?
For model number GTDP300GM1WS
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Hello Bob, thank you for your question. The issue could be the start switch, but I would recommend testing the door switch and the belt interlock switch first before ordering. A faulty door or belt switch can cause this same issue. The part numbers for the other switches are Interlock Switch Part Number: WD21X10261 and Door Switch Part Number: WE4M415. There is lots of testing, and other repair information on both of these parts on our site! I hope this helps!

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April Wolk
February 15, 2019
How is the start switch held in place? Someone pushed the button so hard that the switch fell all the way through to the bottom of the dryer and the button is now gone. So basically i would need any screws that hold the start switch in place (or a new start switch) and the start button. I can't find the part # for the start button.This is a rental property so i am not exactly sure how it happened.
For model number GTDP220EFWW
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Hi April, Thank you for your question. The push-to-start switch is held in place with tabs. Before you begin any repair please unplug the appliance from the electrical outlet. In a situation where the button is still on the shaft of the push-to-start switch, use a piece of string to pull the button off. Next go to the back of the appliance and remove the screws securing the back of the control panel. Slide the control panel to the side and detach it from the main top. Disconnect the wires from the old start switch. Take note of how they are positioned on the switch before removing them, so you can connect them correctly on the new switch. Lift the tab and rotate the switch counter clockwise to remove it from the control panel. Install the new switch and rotate it clockwise into position so it is secured by the tabs. Connect the wires to the switch. Reposition the control panel and secure it with the screws. Then reinstall the button. You can now plug the dryer back in and it should now work for you. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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SCOTT
September 29, 2017
Dryer was working fine, and then... push the start switch and nothing except a quick spark. not good! any ideas?
For model number GTDP490ED7WS
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Hi Scott, Thank you for your question. Without more information as to what is happening with your appliance, I would suggest testing your start switch. It seems like it has shorted out. Good luck with your repair.

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Naz
November 6, 2017
Is the push-to-start switch the same thing as a fuse? My dryer won't run, just makes a quick noise when the start button is pressed. My husband says he tested the fuse as recommended by your website and it was faulty.
For model number GTDP350EM0WS
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Hi Naz, Thank you for the question. The Push To Start Switch and the Fuse are two different parts.Checking the model number I do not see a fuse listed. I suggest checking with your husband to see if maybe he tested the switch. hope this helps!

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Richard
December 19, 2017
Does the push-to-start switch come with the knob? I need both.
For model number GTDX100EM0WW
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Hello Richard, Thank you for your inquiry. The knob is sold separately, part# WE01X20378. Hope this helps!

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Bert
January 23, 2020
Must hold push to start button in this the faulty to keep dryer on let it go and dryer stops is this the faulty part
For model number ghpd490ef1ww
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Hello Bert, thank you for your question. There are a few parts we would recommend testing to determine the problem with the appliance. We would recommend testing the start switch PartSelect Number: PS3487190, interlock switch PartSelect Number PS1481922, high limit thermostat PartSelect Number PS267900 and the timer PartSelect Number PS3654187. I hope this helps.

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Mark
August 15, 2017
Renting a house with this dryer. Last night the dryer would turn on but immediately shut off when pressure was taken off the push button/on switch. Holding it down manually, the gas would lite and dryer worked, but releasing the button causes the dryer to shut off. I re-adjusted the position/timer switch many times, opened/closed the door to ensure it was secure, etc. Any suggestions on how best to trouble shoot this further and/or the suspected cause/repair?
For model number GTDX400GD0WS
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Hi Mark, Thank you for your inquiry. There are a few parts that may fix this issue. You may have to check the cycling thermostat, the high limit thermostats, the interlock switch, the d-shaped knob insert clip duct felt seal, the timer, the bias thermostat, the belt and the drum bearing slides. I hope this helps. Thank you and have a great day!

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Model Cross Reference
This part works with the following models:
PartSelect Number: PS3487190
Manufacturer Part Number: WE4M416
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Model Number
Description
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Kenmore
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Kenmore
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Kenmore
2671532110
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General Electric
2671532210
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Kenmore
2671532211
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
2671532212
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
2671532311
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Kenmore
2671532312
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Kenmore
2671532412
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Kenmore
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Kenmore
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Kenmore
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Washer Dryer Combo - LAUNDRY CENTER
Kenmore
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Kenmore
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Kenmore
36361542310
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Kenmore
36361542410
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Kenmore
36361542411
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
36371532110
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
36371542
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
36371542211
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
36371542310
Washer Dryer Combo - HOME LAUNDRY COMBO
Kenmore
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