I was using the dryer and opened the door to untangle the sheets, shut the door and it started. next time i went in i noticed a hot burning smell and the dryer was off. I tried to start it again and it doesn't do anything. I live in the boondocks with no repair men so i am on my own! thanks! denene
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Re: dryer won't start
Sounds like you have a bunt wire someplace within its cabling. Usually, there are a couple of screws underneath the top of the dryer. Naturally, make sure that the electrical plug is disconnected.
Once the screws are removed, you may lift up the top... check for binding issues and remove any additional screws that may be affixing the top to the shell. Once open, you will probably find a wire that is burnt and is probably hanging by itself. You can make a more secure connection with this wire once you locate where it goes [kind of straight forward].
Does not sound like a heater coil since the unit would still turn on but simply won't heat.
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It may have overheated. Wait a couple of hours and try again. If it still doesn't work you will need an engineer to diagnose the problem. As it went out during a cycle it could be high limit thermostat or high limit cut out. Both are available on eBay and Amazon. Those parts fail if the dryer gets too hot caused by bad airflow, clogged filters, exhaust pipe or stuck vent slats outside.
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Electric dryer no start does nothing
Check dryer Terminal block prongs both outside prongs should give combined 220, and 110 each if u check 1 outside & 1 center (ground) prong. Also check house electrical outlet for full voltage.
CHECK THERMAL SHUT OFF THERMOSTAT USUALLY LOCATED ON THE BLOWER. for OHMS or resistance with a meter. Should show a closed circuit. Ohms WHEN THIS FUSE BLOWS IT WILL SHUT DOWN EVERYTHING.
NEXT Test the PUSH start switch with meter for OHMS. Should show OHMS when pushed in or on start, and no ohms or infinity when in off position.
If you hear a humming/clicking sound from motor area you more than likely have a bad motor.
Try this test out to see if u have weak windings or relay/capacitor on motor.
Open the dryer door and turn by hand the drum while machine is on ON position. And you or someone else presses the door engagement switch in. If it starts up then u have bad windings
Another thing to check is the belt safety switch. With a multi meter.
Especially if u just replaced the belt. The belt safety switch is attached to the Tensioner and motor. IT LOOKS LIKE A DOOR SWITCH SOMEWHAT a little black pc of plastic with 2 prongs going into it. Sits at bottom of motor. Under the Tensioner. Attach meter clips to the 2 prongs on switch, Then when the little white push button is pressed in it should show continuity and none when released.
Lastly check ur DOOR SWITCH for continuity with a meter when the button is pushed in the (on/Door closed position,) it may have gone bad.
the first things to check is the door switch,open the door and push in the switch,if it doesn\'t click when pushed in the switch is bad,next thing to check is the belt,on some models there\'s a switch on the pulley assy. if there isn\'t any tension on the pulley the dryer won\'t start.if you need more help i need the model number off of the dryer,open the door and lolook around the opening where you put the clothes in and you\'ll see a tag with the model number,if the dryer hasn\'t been taken apart and cleaned out the thermal fuse could have popped,if the dryer gets to hot inside from a blocked vent line or the duct that the lint filter slides into is blocked the fuse will pop and it\'s non resetable.
If a dryer is not working at all that's not good! But it doesn't mean you need to go appliance shopping just yet. It may be something very simple like a broken door latch, a bad door switch or even a broken door switch actuator, in a kenmore dryer there is a tab thats sticks out of a hole in the wall that allows the dryer to run only if the door is shut, other models may have button that protrudes out of the dryer and when the door is shut, this allows the dryer to run. These switches go out from time to time, also if a dryer is full of lint build-up over time this will cause the dryer high limit or fuse to blow. The fuse is located near where the blower is in most cases. When the air in the dryer gets way too hot the fuse/hi-limit will blow and the house wont burn down
I assume you cheated out the door interlock switch when running your test. If you did not, then the dryer will shut off when the door is open as part of the safety interlock system. If you did cheat it out and the element shut off after about 20 seconds, then you may have a problem with one of the temp sensors. When an overtemp condition occurrs, it disables power to the heater and it will shut off.. Other considerations are the wiring to the heater.. if you had a poorly tightened heater wire that was ok when first started and cold but when hot and passing current opened, that would also exibit the same symptoms. If I were a betting man, I'd say you probably have a bad temp switch. You can measure them with an ohm meter ( dryer unplugged of course).. or simply jumper the wires together to bypass one to see if it is the fault. Make sure you replace a bad sensor and do not leave it bypassed or you risk fire.
Here is a link to the wiring diaghram of your dryer.. http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/model-display.php