Things You'll Need:
Ohm meter (gas dryers)
For Gas or Electric Dryers
the setting on the dryer. It's a simple thing, but sometimes people
forget that they turned down the dryer for a delicate load.
the fuse box. Electric dryers require 240 vaults to run, which means
they have a dual breaker switch. If one of the breakers clicks off, the
dryer has enough power to run but not enough to produce heat. You may
need to replace the fuse to prevent this from happening again.
the outlet with a volt meter. As said earlier, electric dryers require
240 vaults to run. If there is not enough power to the outlet, but the
fuses are fine, then there is a problem with the wires in your house.
You will need to call an electrician.
the thermal fuse. Depending on the type of dryer, this fuse will be
located either in the front of back of your dryer. It is usually an
inch long and mounted in white plastic. Test the fuse using a
continuity meter. If the fuse has been blown, replace it.
electric dryers, locate the heating element on your dryer and test it
for continuity using a continuity meter. If it is not working, you will
need to replace it.
Gas Dryers Only
the igniter using an ohm meter. Disconnect the clear plastic connector
(called a molex) that attaches the igniter to the burner circuit. Place
the probes of the ohm meter on the contacts. It should be below 100
ohms of resistance. If it is above 100 ohms, replace the igniter.
an ohm meter, test the continuity between the two contacts on the flame
sensor. If there is no continuity, replace the flame sensor.
none of the above works and you notice that your dryer starts out hot
but finishes cold and/or you hear a chattering sound when running the
dryer, then your problem is likely with the coils. There is no test for
the coils. Your only option is to replace them to determine if this is