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Ghost in my dryer????

I have a Whirlpool LER7646JQ0 dryer. I replaced the heating element in it about a week ago and everything seemed fine. Now, the dryer will run and heat but now it will stop during a cyle. It won't turn back on unless I unplug it and wait a few minutes. (When the dryer won't turn on, the timer doesn't click and the light inside the tumbler won't come on.)
I tested the Thermal Fuse by bypassing it. The dry will worked, but after I ran it a few minutes I stopped it and it won't restart...unless of course I unplug it again and wait. UGH!!!! What in the world is going on???

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  • swiggins988 Sep 06, 2008

    Thank you very much for your replies. I appreciate that.

    The wall plug and cord checked out fine.

    I have cleaned all ducts (and they needed it!) and still had the problem.

    I believe the start switch might be defective because I can hear a slight "pop" when I press it and then the dryer just stops all together. No heat build up or anything like just stops.

    I took the start switch to my local dealer and he checked it and said it "had bad spots". Of course, they don't carry the switch and I had to order it.

    I'm curious, is there some kind of safety mechanism in the start switch that would stop the dryer if it were defective? That's only thing I can think of. Perhaps there's a safety "shut off"?

    I will post on Tuesday when I get the new start switch and install. Please let me know if you have any other thoughts on the Ghost In My Dryer. Thanks a million. I do appreciat you taking the time to help me.

  • swiggins988 Sep 10, 2008

    Good greif. I'm totally frustrated now!

    I ordered, bought and installed the new start switch this afternoon. I press the start button and....nothing. I unplug the dryer and turn the timer (it's ticking) and open the dryer and noticed the light is fluttering. Closed the door, hit the dry button...nothing. Unplug again, reconnect, check the light (full on now and not fluttering) and hit the button and it started.

    Good noises. I let it run for about 10 minutes and advance the timer to cool down and let it end the cycle.'s all good again.

    However I'm noticing and "electrical smell". Nothing overly strong, but still, you know it when you smell it, right? I let it run for about 20 minutes and monitor it the whole time waiting for it fizzle--pop-- crackle....nothing like that happens. (Still smell the electical though). I stop the dryer let it cool for about an hour and turn it back on. No problem.

    This time, I stop the dryer, put some clothes in it for weight... hit the start button and bam, it stops as soon as I hit the start button. I unplug, hit the button again and the same thing stops immediately.

    Of note here is that when it stops, the light on the inside will not come on nor will the timer tick.

    What do you think? Is it the wall socket? When I checked the cord earlier (it was fine) I did notice that one of the prongs was discolored. Is this a sign of something or normal wear from 240 current flow?

    Is this a faulty motor???

    Seriously, I appreciate any and all advice/help.

    I'm running out of clean clothes!!! SOS!

  • swiggins988 Sep 10, 2008

    Just wanted to follow up on this for those who might be interested.

    The problem is solved and the dryer is working like a champ. The culprit? One of the positive wires to the 240v outlet had actually pulled away (wear?) from the connection screw. About 1 inch of the plastic shielding had melted (the smell) and was arcing like a madman. There was actually a small pile of ashes below it. Obviously, this could have been disasterous.

    It took me all of 20 minutes to install a new outlet and for good measure, I replaced the power cord from the dryer to the wall. Life is good and I'm on my way to some clean clothes.

    Many thanks to those who offered up solutions. were spot-on my man! Thanks a mill. As a means of troubleshooting, the "fluttering" light in the hamper is really what gave it away to me. HAD to be a power issue at that point.

    I hope this helps someone else who might had a ghost in their dryer! Thanks again.



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Ck wall plug and dryer cord for discoloration possible bad connection breaking down after heating up ..also possible door switch ..if you have jumped out the white thermal fuse on the blower housing and still have the problem forget fuses or thermostats they only control heating

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Here are a few ideas of what might be wrong.. based on your description.. You've bypassed the thermal fuse and the dryer worked however once you removed the bypass, did it work after that? based on your symptom.. it appears that one of the auto-ressting 'overtemp snap switches' may be your problem and may be shutting your system down because it is tripping from excessive heat or it is prematurely tripping because it is defective. I've included a website link that shows assembly drawings and parts breakdown for you to examine but I suspect that you have a bad overtemp switch.. ( I assume that you've cleaned out all lint etc from the vent system both inside and outside the dryer) If you haven't... then you may not get adequate air flow and you truly are getting an overtemp condition.. Good luck.. Here is the link

Hope this helps !

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    Rick Gelin Sep 06, 2008

    The 'bad spot' that was mentioned on your start switch is the contact surface. Over time, the electrical contacts inside the switch may build up carbon on them when they 'make' or break' the electrical circuit and that bulid up becomes resistive. As it becomes resistive, the contacts no longer short together the way they are supposed to when you press this momentary switch and your dryer will not start. I am glad that you are on the right track and should have things operational shortly.. Regards !



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