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Old 10-17-2007, 11:37 AM
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Hello. My dryer stopped working about a week ago.

I have checked many of the common problems (thermal fuse, door switch, power cord, home power to outlet)...and everything checks good.

I found a resistor (part# 3388706) mounted near the start button. This part has been replaced by part #AP3094277, manufacturer's part #279872.

When I check the resistance between the resistors two terminals on my volt/ohm meter...I get "infinite/infinity" resistance.

Since this part is a resistor, I understand that there should be some resistance, just not infinite resistance!

So two questions:

1. Any idea what should be the proper resistance reading for this part?
2. If this part is defective/broke...would it keep the dryer from starting?

Thanks,

- Nick


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No, that resister advances the timer in the auto cycles....if the motor is dead you have lost voltage somewhere....wall plug to cord, cord to terrminal block, to timer to start switch to door swtich to thermal fuse to motor switch..about down to using your volt meter/stick to see where you are getting voltagt in but not back out...did you check the start switch?? and make sure the cord is not burn off the terminal block?
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if the motor is dead you have lost voltage somewhere....wall plug to cord, cord to terrminal block, to timer to start switch to door swtich to thermal fuse to motor switch..about down to using your volt meter/stick to see where you are getting voltagt in but not back out...did you check the start switch?? and make sure the cord is not burn off the terminal block?
Pegi,

Thanks for your reply. I have:

- power at the outlet
- wall plug to cord is fine
- terminal block is fine
- thermal fuse is good
- door switch is fine

I have not checked the voltage into/out of the motor, or the start switch.

As far as checking the start switch...shouldn't I be able to "jump" two of the wires on the start switch to see if the dryer starts...thus confirming that the start switch is good/bad?

Regarding the resistor in my initial posting. I get "infinity" when checking it's resistance. This doesn't sound right. Since it is a resistor, it should have some resistance...but not "infinity". Any thoughts on this?

Thanks,

- Nick
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Resistor not related to your problem. Make sure you are testing across components with at least one terminal wire disconnected.
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