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ELECTRIC DRYER MODEL 70 WILL NOT TURN ON COMPLETELY DEAD.TIMER STILL TICKS.BREAKER TO DRYER NOT TRIPPED.DOOR CLOSED AND SEALING PROPERLY.INTERIOR LIGHT WORKS. ANY HELP APPRICIATED. THANKS

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  • brook4400 Jan 13, 2009

    and yes it is plugged in

  • brook4400 Jan 14, 2009

    solution worked!!!! it was the thermocouple which tested bad. replaced cleaned vent hose out and now works fine. thank you!!!

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Pls post back result(s). Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Almost always, it is the door sensor/switch and/or the controller board. In most versions/models, the door sensor/switch is the same as the interior light switch. hough as you posted the interior light works, it is possible that the other end of the same switch is faulty. This is because the door is the most used part of the dryer (and therefore together with it the switch). A simple test of the switch is to bypass/jump the terminals. This is of course assuming a DIY (do-it-yourself) is being considered and that you are comfortable, familiar and knowledgeable of safe working practices on electrical devices. SHould the switch be not corrective, then focus should shift to the controller board. In most cases, there is a Tech Sheet attached somewhere inside one of the panels which would be a great help when diagnosing with the use of a DVM or VOM.

Check and perform preliminary visual or necessary inspection. Pls post back result(s). Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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Just check out the power cord wire it must be getting short in between and needs replacement.just connect new power cord wire.by cutting in between at the end of the machine from where it comes out of the machine.

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Please check inside the unit if there's any burned components like blown fuse due to overheat. You can simply replace it if you found one.

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Hi

I suspect you have an open thermal fuse. This fuse is inline with the motor and will cause the motor not to start. They usually open due to restricted airflow or faulty thermostat.

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Rylee

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    Rylee Smith Jan 13, 2009

    You have to check for 240 volts at recepticle and dryer.

    Search for bad or burnt wires and loose connections everywhere.

    You have to check ohms (won't show a lot of resistance) on new element.

    You have to check all your stats and thermal for being closed so all are 100% continuity.

    Rylee

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f your dryer doesn't work at all, it could be because of problems with:

Power from the house
Door switch
Thermal fuse
Wiring
Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? If you plug something else into the outlet, does it work? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.

Door switch If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. 

Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. 

If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.) 

Wiring Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. In this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.

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