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Roper dryer - no heat

3 year old roper dryer. first time do-it-yourselfer. I took the back panel off and checked the heating element (no breaks). I'm on my way to buy a voltage meter tomorrow morning to check voltage on the cut-off fuse and the thermostat. Is there a trick to getting the wires out of the housing? I can't dislodge them from the fuse or the thermometer with just a little force and am not entirely sure that they're supposed to come out at all. A basic question, but isn't that how all do-it-yourselfers start? Thanks for all your help - this is a great forum.

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  • lisabrems Jan 02, 2009

    Thanks for the advice, but the dryer manual did tell me that - not much more, though. I ended up finding a break in the element, almost hidden by a fastener. The guy at the parts store told me I had to pry the wires fasteners off with a screwdriver if they were stuck. I replaced the element and, hurray, it works. It was surprisingly easy and I am a total novice, so I love forums like this, where I found out what to look for and how to fix it. Thanks.

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You may have a bad fuse or t-stat but and I am not trying to be funny have you checked the circuit breakers? It takes two to make an electric dryer operate one makes it run the other makes it heat.

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