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My electric Whirlpool dryer start button does not work. There is electricity to the dryer since the timer works and

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Old 04-20-2012, 07:27 PM
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Model Number: LER7648KQ2   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 5 - 10 years   

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My electric Whirlpool dryer start button does not work. There is electricity to the dryer since the timer works and there is no problem with the heat, when it is working. If you press the start button, nothing happens.


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Old 04-21-2012, 04:51 AM
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See the attachment for your tech sheet

There is electricity to the dryer since the timer works and there is no problem with the heat, when it is working. If you press the start button, nothing happens.
The above confused me.
Does it still work once in a while?
How do you know it still has heat when it will not start?
The reason I ask is that you should not have heat unless the motor is rotating.

Does the interior light work?
If it also went out when the start problem showed up.
The reason is that your heater and timer work off of the full 240 volts.
The interior light and the motor run off of half the line (120 volts) so if the light also is not working you probably have a power problem (no neutral).
Try flipping the breaker off/on slowly a couple times.

There is also a thermal fuse in line with the motor.
It is on the blower assembly., it may be blown.
In this case the interior light works but the motor will not start.
If it is open be sure to check/clean your vent system as this is the most common cause of it blowing.
Could also be a bad start switch, door switch, motor or timer.
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The interior light works. I know i still had heat because i just dried two loads of laundry. When i went back after an hour to retumble the load to get out wrinkles, the start button would not work. You can hear the timer going, so i know it still has power. How do i check if it is the fuse, start button or door button?
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The thermal fuse (Item 7 in Section 1) is the most likely.

Unplug the unit and check the fuse with a meter should be 0 ohms.

Jiggery Pokery method is.
Unplug the unit.
Remove both wires from the fuse, short them together and tape them up so they will not short to the frame.
Plug the unit in and give it a try.

If blown, replace the fuse ASAP as it is a critical safety device re: prevents lint fires which can turn into house fires.

Also clean/check your vent system and the blower as these are the most common causes of it blowing.
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Diagram 1 is the bulkhead? Item 7 looks like it is part of the lint remover. Am i looking at the correct diagram? Thanks for all your help.
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Item 7is the thermal fuse it is screwed onto the blower housing.
Below is the parts and a video.

Part number: AP3132867

Part number: AP3132867
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Thanks Denman. that's what did it! Appreciate your help
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You are welcome

And thanks for getting back to us. Now when others search for a similar problem they will see what actually worked instead of just suggestions about what could be the cause.
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