I have an older whirlpool dryer that has given me a whole lot of good years. Well lately it has started acting very odd. When I start a load of clothes everything appears to be normal but after a while, when the dryer gets heated up(usually 20 to 40 min.) it simply quits. And it won't start back up again until it cools off. During this time if you try to start the dryer back, it'll make a noise like it's trying to start but it just WON'T!!! Please help. Am retired widow and can't afford a new dryer. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Joyce Dozier
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Re: dryer only works until it gets really hot
Hello Joyce Dozier,
Some of the older dryers are the best and if you can keep them operational.. they can last a very long time.. Based on your problem description, you more than likely have a thermal cutoff switch that is cutting off power to the heater.. Over time, these thermal switches fail from age ( I can relate to that as well).. Anyway, please provide the Whirlpool model number and I may be able to track down the most likely suspects for you.. You , however, will have to rope a friend or family memeber in to replacing it... It could also be the themal sensor on the motor too..
I would unplug it and open it up to gain access to the motor.. and vacuum away all lint that may have accumulated around the motor and other areas... Provide the model number ( normally found on a tag someplace on your dryer..) and I will help you find a solution..
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Here's a good troubleshooting article on them: http://www.ehow.com/way_5389575_troubleshooting-kenmore-series-dryer.html
Keep in mind, it is an older dryer, but that series is known for being really good. If the article doesn't check out, I would suggest calling in a technician as it's possible something got damaged in the move/
I also have a Whirlpool washer/dryer for my condo, although I don't know the model number of mine. I had the same problem -- after it was precisely a year old, suddenly one day the hot and cold started coming out reversed. I was able to fix mine by more or less temporarily fiddling with the water pressure. What I did was one time, when the rinse cycle was running and the washer was filling up with hot water (grrrr...), I completely shut off the valve supplying hot water. So at that point the water stopped filling into the washer, and then I started tinkering with the cold water, twisting the valve off and on a few times. Then BINGO, suddenly the cold water "kicked in" and for the remainder of the rinse cycle, it filled the washer with cold water. I then turned the hot water valve back on, and since then it has been running correctly.
Try testing the voltage across both fuses. The time you swapped fuses, and the motor ran without heat indicates to me that one of your hot leads is not getting voltage. On a three wire system, you should have two 110v leads and a common. Make sure that the cord is connected properly, and the same for the receptacle that you plug into. Test the receptacle as well for proper voltage and a good common ground.
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You said, Our Whirlpool Thin Twin model#LT7000XTWO will not start when pressing
on the start button.Washer works.Could the problem be the starter
button or the timer switch?
If the washer works, I can only assume, you are talking about the dryer not starting when you press on the start button.
I believe that it just might be the start button.
Is it a gas or electric dryer?
You have the Whirlpool Thin Twin model#LT7000XTWO
How old is this appliance? The model # sounds like an older model.
If the appliance is 10 years old or more you may not be advisable to put good money into bad! New appliances are so much more efficient today that they can save you a lot of money in energy. Therefore they pay for them selves in only a few years. You can buy New and save today.
Find the small privately owned and operated appliance store and you will get better service and good treatment! They also will be the best informed!
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