The dryer was running and I opened the door to throw another article in and it won't start back. I reset the breaker and ensured it was plugged in. The light is on when I open the door but it won't start back. The dryers is 8 years old. Any ideas?
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Re: Whirlpool Dryer won't start
You probably had been using the dryer alot today. As long as the motor was running there was enough air flow over the motor to keep it just cool enough to allow it to continue to run. When you stopped the dryer the heat tripped the thermal protector in the motor. Let it sit an hour or so and it should restart. The motor is probably coated in dryer lint, and / or the motor bearings are getting bad. If you space your drying loads out a bit you can get by for a long time without having to do anything.
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Could be something as simple as a broken belt or door switch is broken. Open top and check if the belt is still in tact. If yes, then check door switch to see if electrically closing when door is shut (check resistance with power off).
Evidently the fuse blew for some reason. Keep the dryer unplugged from power for one hour or so. If it still does start, you will have to take apart the dryer, check the fuse, check the thermal fuse, and test the wirings inside. If you need to call arepairman use the number listed on the owner manual.
Reset your dryer breaker just in case it may have tripped. If it did trip inspect your dryer receptacle. If that is fine and you have power, open the door and look carefully for the tiny lever that actuates the door switch. See if it clicks. If the lever is loose missing or no click I would say the switch is bad. If the door switch is fine I would next check the skinny white fuse on the blower housing for continuity. If open the dryer will not run. If the fuse is bad you gonna need to yank off the filter chute and clean it out. If the fuse is good the next thing to check would be the start button. Beyond that you would need to provide a model number because all whirlpool dryers are not made the same.
Dear Sir: See this possible causes: Power from the house see for possible blown fuse or c. breaker tripped. change or reset Door switch defective switch, will not start the dryer. test for open see the video Thermal fuse test for open or faulty fuse Wiring test for burn or breaker wires, measure continuity. God bless you
Same problem with my Whirlpool Dryer: Model LER4634EZ2 which stopped heating. I checked the coils that was "OK" then I checked the fuse that was "OK" I replaced the Thermal Fuse and High Limit Thermostat then after starting the dryer the heat came on ... problem solved NO.... the dryer just kept running and running until I opened the dryer door. Not going to put 70 or so $$$ into this 10 year old dryer which up until 12/15/2011 worked fine.
Check the door switch by listening for an audible click just as the door opens or closes. If you do not hear an audible click then the door switch is bad. IIf you hear this audible click then go to your circuit breaker box and check to see if they have tripped. If the circuit breakers have tripped reset them ONCE and try the dryer. If the breaker trips again DO NOT reset it. You have an internal short in your dryer and it will require further service.
I would start by checking to make sure the circuit breakers are not tripped. An electric dryer runs on 220 and will have a double circuit breaker - a gas dryer runs off of 110 and will usually not have a dedicated breaker. Once you have determined the power is on, the next most likely problem is the door switch. This prevents the dryer from being activated with the door open. You can "jiggle" the switch while attempting to start the dryer, or check the continuity with an ohmmeter.
The door switch needs to be checked. Is the tab on the door inserting into the hole where the door switch is and making the switch activate?
Is the Dryer plugged in good?
Is the Circuit Breaker feeding the dryer tripped? This is on the electrical supply cabinet for your home. You will see a ganged(meaning two switches paired together) Circuit breaker. Turn the switch off all the way and back on to reset.
I hope this helps you get your dryer back running.