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Old 06-13-2009, 09:06 AM
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I was drying a load and realized the dryer had been going a long time. When I checked it, the timer had not moved. I opened the dryer and it was not hot. I closed it and tried to start it and it wouldn't start. The light in the dryer is not working either. I checked the house fuse and it is not blown.

Is there a fuse within the dryer that might be blown? Any ideas?

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Old 06-14-2009, 04:10 PM
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Hi Stacey

You are going to need a multimeter and do some electrical checks.

1. Check that you have 120 volts coming to each side of the connection block.

2. If you do, unplug the machine, take off the back and check your thermal fuse and thermostats for continuity.

3. If there is no problem there, and I think there will be, check the heating element for continuity or grounding.

I think this will locate your problem. To find parts, put the numbers 110 in front of the model number you posted.

Good luck and let us know what you find out.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:59 PM
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Hi Stacey

You are going to need a multimeter and do some electrical checks.

1. Check that you have 120 volts coming to each side of the connection block.

2. If you do, unplug the machine, take off the back and check your thermal fuse and thermostats for continuity.

3. If there is no problem there, and I think there will be, check the heating element for continuity or grounding.

I think this will locate your problem. To find parts, put the numbers 110 in front of the model number you posted.

Good luck and let us know what you find out.
Unplug the dryer. Take the back panel off, and in the back close to the bottom, there is a white part, about an inch and a half long, by a half inch wide. One screw will be holding it in place, and it will have 2 wires coming to it. Take the 2 wires off and put the terminal ends together, and put some tape around it, so it does not hit metal, and then plug it in, and see if it comes on. If it does replace the part. It is called the thermal fuse. DO NOT RUN the dryer with the part jumped out. THIS IS FOR TESTING ONLY!!!! That fuse is the only thing from your dryer burning down the house. If it does not work, check the door switch. Let me know. Tom
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:25 AM
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Take the 2 wires off and put the terminal ends together, and put some tape around it, so it does not hit metal, and then plug it in, and see if it comes on. If it does replace the part.
Tom,
I actually saw to try this in another thread and tried it. It did not come on.

The door switch confuses me. Since the dryer was running until I shut it off, and then wouldn't start again, would the door switch still be a possible problem?

I am going to check the switch. But I'm wondering if the timer might be the problem...

Thanks for your help. I'll let you know if I have any luck. And if I don't
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Ok. I'm an idiot. Turns out my dryer runs on 2 fuses. House fuses. Yes...I have fuses and not breakers.

Anyway, I had one blown fuse. Dryer working fine now.

Thanks anyway. I do appreciate your response.

Stacey
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Great Stacey, Glad it turned out to be as simple as that.

That's why we generally ask that the first thing you do is check current to the machine, it is almost nevery the problem, but in the few cases when it is it makes the repair quick, easy and painless.

Thanks also for updating us.
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