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Old 12-24-2009, 11:11 AM
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Default Dryer not heating
Model Number: LER4634JQ2   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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Dryer will not get hot.. worked 1 minute and unloaded and reloaded and then no heat.. Heating element and thermostat's checked out or had been replaced.. Need help


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Old 12-24-2009, 12:55 PM
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Here is the wiring diagram
http://www.servicematters.com/docs/w...%208528187.pdf

First try flipping the breaker off/on slowly a couple times. Sometimes you can loose half the line without actually tripping the breaker and the heating coil requires the full 240 volts.
If this does nothing.
Measure the voltage at the plug
L1 to L2 should be 240 volts
L1 to Neutral and L2 to Neutral, both should be 120 volts.
If OK
Unplug the unit and check the wires at the unit's terminal strip to ensure they are properly connected and none of them have burned off
If OK
Plug the unit in and check the voltage at the terminal strip. This is just in case you have a bad line cord. Be careful 240 volts is lethal.
If OK
Unplug the unit and check the heating coil and thermostats etc. for continuity.
Heating coil, each side should be 20 ohms approximately.
Thermostats and thermal fuse all should be 0 ohms.

Be sure to disconnect one side of and device you are measuring this prevents reading an alternate/parallel circuit path. Also use your most sensitive ohms scale.

If all OK
Then unplug the unit put it in timed dry mid cycle.
Tape one meter lead to L1 then work your way through the circuit, one device at a time leaving the lead attached to L1. If you get to the far side of the heater and have not found a fault then it could be the centrifugal switch on the motor is not closing or it's contacts are shot.
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