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Why your dryer has power but won't start

Hello,

The most probable thing thats wrong causing the dryer to not start is going to be a blown thermal fuse,when it goes out it cuts power to the motor circuit...do you have a display on the front yet it wont start???? or no display??

If you do have a display yet the dryer wont start it very likely will be the thermal fuse,it fits into the blower housing below where the lint filter fits into inside of the door,or depending on your model it will be in the rear but in any case it will be in the blower housing below where the lint filter fits all be it in the front or rear, To access it to check it remove the small lower front panel or the rear panel if it comes off(if not its going to be in the front) and it will be on the top of the blower housing,to check it measure it for continuity (ohm it out) with zero ohms resistiance.
This is what it looks like in the pictures below,either one of these two styles.
If that turns out to be the problem be sure to take apart the blower asm. and clean all lint from it and also check the venting from the back of the dryer all the way to where it exits the house....since the usual reason the thermal fuse goes out is because of poor airflow because of built up lint/blocked vent.

GENE

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Dryer won't turn on. Door is closed and has power. Button seems spongey.


Hello,

The usual thing wrong when a dryer will not start is a blown thermal fuse. I wrote this tip about how to check the thermal fuse. http://www1.fixya.com/support/r10530385-dryer_power_but_start


GENE

Sep 24, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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Maytag dryer mde308dayw won't turn on


Hello,

The most probable thing thats wrong causing the dryer to not start is going to be a blown thermal fuse,when it goes out it cuts power to the motor circuit...do you have a display on the front yet it wont start???? or no display??

If you do have a display yet the dryer wont start it very likely will be the thermal fuse,it fits into the blower housing below where the lint filter fits into inside of the door,or depending on your model it will be in the rear but in any case it will be in the blower housing below where the lint filter fits all be it in the front or rear, To access it to check it remove the small lower front panel or the rear panel if it comes off(if not its going to be in the front) and it will be on the top of the blower housing,to check it measure it for continuity (ohm it out) with zero ohms resistiance.
This is what it looks like in the pictures below,either one of these two styles.
If that turns out to be the problem be sure to take apart the blower asm. and clean all lint from it and also check the venting from the back of the dryer all the way to where it exits the house....since the usual reason the thermal fuse goes out is because of poor airflow because of built up lint/blocked vent.

GENE
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Sep 24, 2011 | Maytag Dryers

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My dryer is dead. I have ohmed out the cord and changed the dryer control board (8546219). Still dead, nothing at all. Any other ideas?


Hello,

The most probable thing thats wrong causing the dryer to not start is going to be a blown thermal fuse,when it goes out it cuts power to the motor circuit...do you have a display on the front yet it wont start???? or no display??

If you do have a display yet the dryer wont start it very likely will be the thermal fuse,it fits into the blower housing below where the lint filter fits into inside of the door. To access it to check it remove the small lower front panel and it will be on the top of the blower housing,to check it measure it for continuity (ohm it out) with zero ohms resistiance.
This is what it looks likeoldtech2332_116.jpg
If that turns out to be the problem be sure to take apart the blower asm. and clean all lint from it and also check the venting from the back of the dryer all the way to where it exits the house....since the usual reason the thermal fuse goes out is because of poor airflow because of built up lint/blocked vent.

GENE

Sep 22, 2011 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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I am at my daughter's home and I need to use the dryer. I cannot get it to start. I did dry a load but it needs to be run again.Can you help me?


There may be one or more things wrong with your dryer. Usually the most common problem will that the thermal fuse has been blown. These can fail due to clogged venting going outside, as well they can go over time. If this thermal cut-off fuse goes, your dryer will not run.Part number for the thermal cut-off is 3392519. If you find you dryer is working and then not working intermittently, this could also indicate a bad door switch, and the dryer won't operate. part number for the door switch is 3406107. The next possible cause of your not starting problem could be that your push to start switch is gone and now isn't allowing any amperage to the motor telling it to start. Part number for the start switch is 3404233. If however you hear any low grumble sounds coming from the dryer when you press the start switch, this could indicate a bad motor, and would have to be further diagnosed by a technician. Hope this helps.

Thanks

Nov 05, 2009 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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electric dryer wont start


Just replace the thermal fuse for now. You have gotten good use from this machine. But, this is also may be the beginning of the end. Thermal fuses are not expensive either. These things just go out at no uncertain times.

Feb 01, 2009 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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