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fastrat37 03-19-2009 08:19 AM

Dryer only runs when start button is pressed
 
this dryer has had this symptom since we bought it. When it first started to "act up" it would start working after it had time to cool off it seemed. then it would work normally, but now it has stopped working altogether unless you hold down the start button, but no heat. Heating element was replaced about a year ago..........:confused: I have jumpered all the switches I could find that had 2-wires and still nothing. The door switch has 3-wires going to it......which wires do I jumper together to bypass the door switch? I beleive they were white, blue and brown.

denman 03-19-2009 09:28 AM

Here is a tech sheet
https://www.servicematters.com/docs/...%203979101.pdf

Door switch is white to blue

Here is a good site with additional info
http://www.applianceaid.com/whirlpool-dryers.html
Especially #40

On your unit look at the lower left hand corner, it shows the PTS switch (push to start), the board then senses this and activates the Motor Relay which keeps it running.

I would suggest you purchase a meter. You can get a decent digital multimeter for under $20.00. You do not need fancy though it is nice if the leads are a couple feet long.
If it saves ordering one unnecessary part it has paid for itself and you end up owning a useful tool.
Most places will not let you return electrical parts so if you order it, you own it.
A couple things to watch when measuring ohms and continuity
1. Always remove power from the machine otherwise you could blow your meter.
2. Always disconnect at least one side of any device you are checking. This eliminates the possibility of measuring an alternate/parallel circuit path.
3. When checking for closed contacts and continuity use the lowest scale (Usually 200 ohms). Then try higher scales. This scale is 0 to 200 ohms so if the device you are measuring is 300 ohms this scale would show an open circuit which it is not, you are just measuring outside the scale's dynamic range.

There is a good STICKY at the start of this forum about it's use.

fastrat37 03-19-2009 01:18 PM

I already have a Fluke 83 so I will start testing components as I go through the Tech sheet tests............stay tuned.

fastrat37 03-19-2009 06:00 PM

I have tried to perform the "Factory Test" as per the tech sheet.......it will not enter the "Test Mode" and NO beep is heard......is this any indication of an Electronic Control Assy. problem/failure??:confused: Do I need to go any further in the testing of other components now?

Thanks in advance for the help you have already given me, it is much appreciated!!

denman 03-20-2009 05:05 AM

It does look like the board is shot but I would do the other tests/checks on the 48 volt DC and the thermistor.

You want to narrow it down as much as possible before getting a replacement board.

fastrat37 03-20-2009 06:45 AM

To get to the motor relay to check for the 48 vdc, how much of the dryer do i take apart? I can see part of the motor looking in thru the bottom access panel behind the duct work.........do I take off the side or do I have to remove the drum?

denman 03-20-2009 11:27 AM

As far as I know it is all in the control console

fastrat37 03-20-2009 02:24 PM

Went to the Sears parts store and researched the electronic control assy. It is $121 plus shipping and not in stock, so I am going to be into this repair half the cost of a new dryer at Sears..........hmmmmm, I am leaning towards the new dryer for now............I could go craigslist.org and get one with other problems and no warranty.

denman 03-20-2009 03:29 PM

I agree with you putting in half the cost of the dryer does not make sense.
Especially when you see the Appliance Aid website has a special section just for Even Heat Controls usually means there is a higher than average breakdown rate.

Went to the Sears site they list the board as 8446229, then crossed it to Appliance Parts Pros came up with AP4319168 at $55.69.

fastrat37 03-20-2009 06:03 PM

I just ordered the part from App. Parts Pros........with shipping, the order was under $61.00.........I really didn't have $325.00 for a new dryer or their inflated part price@ Sears......I sincerely appreciate your efforts in looking up the part and finding it at a reasonable price!! I will have to get out the clothesline for a few days.............I will make sure to post the results after I change out the circuit board:)........Mike


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