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Whirlpood dryer Model LER8620pwo Above dryer will not start. I've checked circuit breaker. I disconnected door switch thinking that would be the same as shutting dryer door; therefore, starter switch would work if problem was door switch. Starter switch does not work. I, also, checked outside to see if vent is open. I appears to be open. How do I get to location of fuse? Do I check starter switch by checking with meter across top of switch? Blue wire to pink wire to see if I get a reading? Thanks, Gar and God Bless!

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  • jesuslovesyo Dec 09, 2008

    Hi Mike, I'm sincerely sorry that I hurt your feelings. Try to understand what your information stated. You didn't say to check the fuse first and then check other things. You said that the thermal cut out was the part that I was looking for. I knew the cut out was ok because I checked it with an olm meter. I know little about these things, however, I knew it would have to read across to be ok. I thought from the beginning that it was probably the starter button. However, in my ignorance I thought it was alright because it was showing a reading. When I checked everything and all items was reading on the olm meter, I took it to an appliance store where the starter button was checked again by a technician. The starter did read, but it was not reading accurately. And that was the problem. I guess you realize that two other people sent me an e-mail. Neither one of them mentioned the starter button, either. I realize that you guys are at a disadvantage not being on the location of the problem. When I gave the rating I was not angry, I just thought that the "thanks for trying" rating was the most accurate. Try to understand that when people, like me, e-mail for help, we are probably very ignorant about the problem. We need detailed step by step information. Looking back, I can understand that checking the cut out would be the first thing to check, but if it is ok where do I go from there? Think about it, again you told me it was the cut out. I could have sent for it and waited some time to receive it, only to find out that it was not the problem.
    Again, I certainly didn't intend to hurt your feelings with my rating. The positive in all of this is that I took the dryer apart to look at the motor. I'm 68 yrs. young and have always wondered what a dryer looked like inside. Now I know! Hang in there and I will be praying for you to do well in your business! God Blessings on you and your family!!! Gary


  • candlelite Mar 09, 2009

    My cycle thermostat was bad. I had pulled the wires and taped them together. Orange to orange and violet to violet. The dryer worked alright. At some point it quit working with the wires jumped. I held the start button down and turned the dial. The violet wires arced and there was a buzz inside the dryer. I then replaced the cycle thermostat, and now it won't start. I did get it to repeat the whole arc and buzz thing and it threw a breaker. With the new thermostat in, it won't even hum. Got any clues for me as what I have done?

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Pull the dryer out and unplug. At the bottom left of the back you will see your blower housing. on it you will see a 1 inch by 1/2 inch white thermal cut out. This is the part you are looking for. it is part number 3392519
This part is available and cost$18.00 to ship it to your door.
Mike Anderson
Anderson Appliance Repair
(865)945-3808

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

  • Michael Anderson Dec 09, 2008

    Thanks for the poor rating, I told you where the fuse is located on the dryer. You should check it first, then research other possibilities. Why give me a low rating. I am sitting at home taking time away from my family to help people for freeeeee. Thanks alot.

  • Michael Anderson Dec 11, 2008

    Gary,

    The question you asked was. "I, also, checked outside to see if vent is open. I appears to
    be open. How do I get to location of fuse? " To that I answered the question you asked. You also did not state you had checked the fuse with a olm meter. Had you stated that I would have directed you elsewhere. If you had already checked the fuse, why did you ask its location? If you want more detail, why did you not include all the detail you had available? My 20 years of working on dryers told me you were not clear as to the problem you were having and knowing the part was very inexpensive and easily replaced and also it is the cause of this problem 90% of the time. A $10.00 part was not much of an expence. My labor rate is $60.00 an hour and I have given you atleast that in my time typing to you and looking up your model and researching your part numbers. I have done this not for money, but to help another person. In return you can click a button to rate the free service I have provided to you. It is as easy to click the 1, 2, 3, or 4. What do you do for a living good sir? Would you take the time to do that for 1 hour for me for free, then expect a 2 of a possible 4 in return. This has mame me deside that helping other people is not worth the time. God bless you and your family, do not expect me back on this site as I see my time will be better served helping my family and not strangers around the world. Understand that.

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