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The heating element is no good. They break after years of use as they heat up and cool down over and over, they wear out. The part is cheap and yes it is easy to replace. Turn your dryer around, and take off the screws to a short piece of metal that has "vents" in it. It should be sticking out a bit compared to the rest of the dryer back. normally 2 or 4 screws holding it there. You'll see the element. Just pull it out, take it to the appliance shop or Sears and get another element. Go home, stick it back in there and reconnect the panel you took off. Cheap part, simple fix...you'll be surprised how well it heats after that.
the thermal fuse may be faulty. Remove the outer back of the dryer. the thermal fuse is located on the blower assy with 2 wires connected to it. It is white plastic. connect the wires together, then try to start the unit again. If the unit starts, clean the exhaust duct after replacing the thermal fuse.
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Unplug unit and turn off gas if gas model. Check to be sure
you have 240 Volts at wall outlet.
Most parts likely to fail in your dryer are inside the rear cover. Heater is on right inside
can, safety thermostat on lower left of can, High limit thermostat
(non-resettable) higher left of can. On the blower housing to the left are the
operating thermostat and a thermal fuse (white plastic). ALL can be continuity
checked easily. Always disconnect wire on one side of what you are testing. One
will likely be open.
I posted today (Jan 2, 2009) that I had same problem. Handyman tested for blown thermal fuse, etc and everything was fine. He said I have to replace the timer switch .. well guess what - I fidgeted with the start button (on/off) hard a few times while simultaneously pressing & releasing door switch and it did the trick. In my case the problem was most likely with the start button. Dryer is working fine now!