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Electric Dryers With Symptoms Of No Indicator Lights and No Heat

I often get the question about an electric clothes dryer that is dead, no operation and no lights like the dryer is unplugged from the wall socket If this is a problem you are having no matter the model the issue is with a component called a "Thermal Limiter Fuse". The Fuse is located inside the dryer cabinet and can blow from a shorted electric motor or defective heating element, anything that draws excessive current will blow the fuse for safety reasons to prevent a fire. So if you have the above symptoms check the fuse first. The fuse is located inside the dryer cabinet and varies with each make and model. Below is a picture of the most common Thermal Limiter fuses used in all makes and models of Electric dryers.




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Dryer is completely dead. Socket and power cord are fine, and insides of dryer are clean.


unplug the unit,then carefully open the power cord connection access panel in the rear area of the dryer,sometimes the incoming power connections of one or more will burn off and disconnect themselves from the terminals,if its this problem,it sound like the "N"neutral center connection,because if either power phase wire burns off you may still have the timer or drum operate because each is connected to one hot leg

Apr 29, 2010 | Maytag PYE2300AY Electric Dryer

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my maytag electric dryer has worked perfectly fine for 10 years. today i unplugged the dryer and did some work on the wall. when i plugged the dryer back in it tripped the breaker. could it be the dryer or the plug or the wall socket?


You already unpluged before the wall work, so the problem is isolated from the dryer from its plug. Take off the wall socket to inspect since it may have damaged. If you have the voltmeter, measure each pair of the terminal. they should have a voltage at least 110V since it is three-phase voltage. If there is no voltage then just replace the socket. Make sure to turn main power off when you do the replacement.

Apr 27, 2010 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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electric dryer not drying clothes


The electric dryer requires 220 volts to dry clothes but only 110 volts to turn the drum .reset your circuit breaker even if it looks ok ,if that dosent work, unplug from the wall and check where the plug wire goes into the back of the dryer and look for loose or broken wires. 

Apr 26, 2009 | Estate TEDX640JQ Electric Dryer

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my dyer will not dry the clothes


First unplug your dryer from the electrical outlet. Next pull your dryer out from the wall. DIsconnect your flex outlet hose from the dryer and make sure it is not stopped up with lint etc. Next check the wall adapter to make sure it is clear of lint etc going to the outside of the house. If both of these are clear look inside the dryer outlet by looking in the tube where the flex hose was connected. You will need a flashligt to do this. If there is anything stopping it up remove it. If your dryer is getting hot but not drying there is probably something keeping the air from going out of the dryer to the outdoors.

Apr 01, 2009 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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Does a dryer have a reset ?


Nope. Read this bit of WISDOM about dead dryers.

Feb 26, 2009 | GE DBSR453EBWW Electric Dryer

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