Question about Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer
I took apart my dryer about a month ago to find a black wire that connects to the heating element was burned and the terminal was no longer connected. I cut the wire past the burned copper and connected a new male end. The dryer worked for about two weeks and then it produced no more heat. I took it apart to find the same problem. I tested the thermostat which at first jumps all over the place but settles at about .7-.9. I tested the cut out which was around 1. I then tested the heating element which was around 10-11. I'm not sure if any or all of these need to be replaced. Something is causing the wire to get so hot that it melts so I would suspect the thermostat is not working, however the resistance is close to zero. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I had the same problem with my dryer. Fixed it with high temp wire (875 F) and end connectors rated for the same temperature. Make good connections between the wire and the connectors because if they are poor they will heat up as well. Sometimes the thermostat will cause this problem as well or an older heating element that is going bad.
Posted on Jan 18, 2009
Usual cause is the male terminal loose on the female - squeeze it a bit with pliers. even if stats are faulty, should not cause terminal to burn out. terminal overheats because of a high resistance joint
Posted on Nov 05, 2008
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