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Recently I notice my Whirlpool Dryer MOD: LEQ9508PW0 turns on the heater element as soon as the timer is set

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Old 10-18-2012, 01:34 PM
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Recently I notice my Whirlpool Dryer MOD: LEQ9508PW0 turns on the heater element as soon as the timer is set to anywhere in the run position. On a normal load I would turn the time to 60 mins, open the door and start loading laundry. By the time I get the laundry in, the element is red hot. I then close the door and hit the start button. If I let it cycle through everything goes as it should. However, if I open the door and interrupt the cycle it stops tumbling but the element continues to produce heat.
I broke the dryer down, cleaned out all the lint buildup and did some checks on the motor. With everything disconnected at the motor switch, the red wires (1 & 2) show infinite resistance. If I use my finger to activate the centrifugal switch, the Ohms between the red wires (1 & 2) drop to 0.00.
How is the element heating up without the motor spinning and activating the centrifugal switch? Am I overlooking something simple?
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So I pulled the back off the unit and disconnected the second leg of power at the H2 spade connector on the heating element to see if my symptoms stayed the same. Now that the power wire that comes from the motor switch is completely disconnected, I plugged the unit back into the wall and the element started to heat right up when I turned the dial to run. So, I'd say it's safe to say this has nothing to do with my dryer motor switch. I believe the most likely cause is a short between the element and chasis of the dryer. I'll have to check that in the morning.
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I agree with you that it sounds like you have a grounded element.
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I have almost the same problem but my element is not ground out. If. I jump the. Red wire at the motor the element heats up but then remove the jumper its those not work how do i fix this problem
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Please start your own post using "Post new Topic"

Your problem is very different from this problem.
By the sound of it you have no heat and Sh00tnBlanks has heat all the time
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I agree with you that it sounds like you have a grounded element.
After confirming the grounded element by using a meter between the terminals on the element and the dryer chasis, I pulled the element off and found the culprit. One of the insulated clips that hold the coil away from the enclosure had broken in half and allowed it to sag. There is a visible spot on the coil about the size of a pencil lead that had been grounding out. I bent the coil back and reinstalled simply for testing purpose. Everything worked perfectly after that. I ordered a new coil this morning. Glad I didn't jump the gun and order a whole new motor like I was thinking yesterday.
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