Re: My Whirlpool Duet Dryer is not heating up. Unit is...
If it is a gas dryer. Sounds like thermal fuse. It costs about $12.95. Most appliance part stores carry it all the time. Very easy to replace. Also can be ignition switch (also cheap). If you know someone who is mechancally inclined, after removing fuse,they can run an electrical jumper cord to the two open ends. If the dryer begins drying, then it is definitely the fuse.
Go to Whirpool site and get part number and diagram to fix. Maytag repair can help at a costly figure after they order part since Whirpool bought Maytag.
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use your dryer on air dry only (not heat dry) run about 2 min. check if your dryer is hot, that is heating element is short to ground and if your dryer is cold, check your dryer air venting system. (open the door if you see lint on door panel, it is a sing of bad air flow, it is dangerous to fire) hope its help.
Don't have your model so I couldn't bring up the schematic some will run with an open thermal fuse I suspect thermal fuse which is non resettable I've only run across a bad thermistor once based on the age check the exhaust exiting the house and at the dryer this a safety fuse designed to open due to excessive heat if the dryer cannot breath restricted exhaust.
A1Pull the dryer out away from the wall. Unhook the vent from the dryer completely. Do not put anything over the dryer exhaust on the back of the dryer. Do a normal load with the vent unhooked. If it dries better or ok like this then the problem is in the dryer venting. Like a blocked vent pipe or a smashed or restricted vent hose. A2 - If the vent doesn't make a difference, then check the blower wheel for excessive lint build up, check that there isn't anything stuck to the air intake baffle inside the drum, (i.e. the screen on the back wall of the dryer when looking into the drum). Check the lint filter chute for blockage. Check that the heating element isn't shorted to ground. Check the exhaust temperature of the dryer. A meat or pocket thermometer can be used for this. It should cycle between 120 degrees and 170 degrees. Check that the drum seals to make sure the are not worn out.
Check the lint trap and the vent. If the vent is clogged or crushed in anyway then replace it with a new dryer vent. There reasons why a dryer will not dry clothes: Clogged Lint Trap Crushed or clogged vent Last but not your issue, not getting and heat to the unit due to glow ignitor bad or no gas supply or bad gas valve. So check what I told you and this should fix the problem right away