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Whirlpool Duet Steam Dryer Beeps 3 Times But Does Not Start

Our new Whirlpool Duet Steam Dryer beeps 3 times but does not start when we press the start button. This is an electric dryer - not one operating on natural gas. Home Depot tested the two bullet-type 30-amp fuses and said that they are good. Is it possible that one of these fuses is not good and when this is true all the lights on the panel still work? Also, is there a 15-amp time-delay fuse which we need for this dryer? I cannot locate any 15-amp circuit with a time-delay fuse in it assigned to the dryer on my electrical panel.

Please reply as soon as possible. My wife and I spent close to $4,500 for our new Whirlpool Steam Duet washer, dryer, 15.5 inch pedestals, 5-year extended warranty & all taxes in Canada and my wife is freaking out because our new dryer is not working.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    Exact same problem as the poster. Only difference is that we have a gas unit.

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2009

    exact same problem with my new electric unit

  • fish-boy Apr 13, 2009

    Same problem. Tried starting it at least 50 times on the same load. It seems to be the latch. Try slamming the door hard. It worked, but you really shouldn't have to slam a dryer door to get it to work.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    exact same problem

  • olivia1682 May 20, 2009

    Same problem here. Slamming door worked. Pretty effing ridiculous if you ask me.

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Brand new unit - same problem. After an hour of investigating, I found the issue.
You don't actually have to SLAM the door. If you look closely, there are 3 separate pins that must latch. One is a simple push-button style which latches no problem.
The others are little prongs at the top and bottom of door. The bottom prong latches cleanly, but the top one will not latch because the door is a bit too flexible.
Close the door normally, then firmly press on the top edge of the door. You will hear the final latch grab, then you press and hold the start button. The dryer starts normally.
Yay!

Posted on Oct 13, 2009

  • awsomex Oct 17, 2010

    This was the problem. My son pulled down on the door and must have bent it enough not to make contact with the latches you mentioned. Lifting and closing the door solved the problem for us. Thanks for the research...

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MisterMighty's tricked worked perfectly on my new Kenmore he5T dryer...it is pretty ridiculous though! Thank you MisterMighty!

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Unreal,did not start, ran upstairs, slammed door real hard, it stared, thanks

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Thank you so much for that info! I was so nervous. Now I'm a happy camper :-)

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