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There should be a label that indicates 110 or 220 on it and the type of power plugs are different in most cases. If in doubt call Sears OR Google the model number with "specifications" to get the correct answer the first time.

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What can i check to see why my maytag bravos dryer isnt drying?

[Always disconnect the dryer from any power source before checking.] Dryer heating circuits have several parts in the series circuit that must all work (kind of like a string of Christmas tree lights) so you'll want to check each one in that series. These likely include the motor switch, timer switch, temperature selector switch, temperature controls/thermostats (usually three of these) and all connecting wiring plus the heating element. Of course, one should always make certain the dryer is receiving 220 volts power supply from the wall outlet before starting to troubleshoot the dryer. Most dryers operate with 110 volts, only using the 220 volts for the heater circuit. A dryer getting only 110 volts could run, but not heat. This doesn't happen often, but is always worth checking.

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First, I'm confused about your dryer cord change. The green ground wire should NOT be connected to the neutral terminal block - but rather stay connected to the dryer cabinet. Here's a detailed link the describes (with photos) how to change a dryer's 3 wire cord to a 4 wire cord. This work should be double-checked to make sure you've done it correctly and have a safe installation.

Since you're not getting the dryer to run (you didn't say if it spins but has no heat or if nothing works at all) and you've checked the components of the dryer; the only thing left is to make sure there is 240 volts at the dryer outlet.

Make sure the power is ON. You should have either a 2 pole 30 amp circuit breaker or two 30 amp fuses that provide power to this outlet. Make sure the fuses are good / circuit breaker is ON (not tripped).

Do not touch a metal probe at any time that one is connected to the outlet in the steps below.

With a meter set to 250 volts or higher range - or a wiggy tester, slip each of the probes into one of the two straight blade openings in the outlet (use of a test lamp is discouraged as there is not voltage reading provided - it should only be used to indicate the presence of power). You should have a 240 volt indication (an indication of anywhere between 220 and 250 volts is acceptable).

Remove one of the probes and press it into the ""L" shaped opening; leaving the other probe in the straight blade opening. A 120 volt indication should be present (an indication of anywhere between 110 and 125 volts is acceptable for this and the following 120 volt measurements).

Remove the probe from the "L" shaped opening and press into the "O" shaped opening. Again, 120 volts should be indicated.

With the probe kept in the "O" shaped opening, remove the other probe from the straight blade opening and insert into the other straight blade opening. A 120 volt indication should be present.

Remove the probe from the "O" shaped opening and press into the "L" shaped opening. Again, a 120 volt indication should be present.

Remove the probe from the straight blade opening and press into the "O" opening. There should be a zero volt indication. A value of one or two volts is acceptable - but zero is expected.

If you get results that deviate in any way from those listed above, there is a problem with the circuit. An electrician should be called if the circuit breaker can't be reset or if fuses blow. If the voltages are indicating correctly but dryer still won't operate, there may be an issue with cord wiring or internal controls or safety devices inside the dryer.

I hope this helps. Please rate this reply - thanks!

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My GE DPSB620ECWW does not light up the pannel or

Check circuit breaker at the house electric panel, if good, check for voltage (220/240)volts at the receptacle that the dryer power cord plugs into, if good, check for voltage(220/240)volts at the dryer terminal block where the dryer power cord connects to the dryer, if good, check voltages at the dryer power transformer, should be 220/240 volts for motor,and 110/115 volts control power for dryer controls, you should find the failure within these inspections/testing.
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Electricial problems wrong voltage used . have a kenmore dryer, sent dryer to europe and was connected to two circuit like in the US but the voltage in europe is 1 curcuit 240 volts and 2 circuit 400...

The dryer has sone things inside that require 110 volts. Specifically the motor and the timer. Therefore if by some chance that you haven't yet damaged anything, it still will not run until you have a 220 volt center tapped transformer to similate US power (220 volts with a neutral). Also, since the foreign power is 50 Hertz, the timer will run slow (5/6th speed) as will the motor. And the motor, being designed for 60 Hertz, will run unusually warm.

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Dryer keeps tripping the fuse. I replaced the Moisture Sensor control last year, but now it's doing it again. Could soemthing else be damaging the control

check the neutral connection from input power all the way thru the unit, if theres a bad connection the 120 volts will use the other 120 volt connection to make ground and you get what they call a voltage-divider circuit and say the motor is on one leg and the moisture sensor control is on the other leg,the motor will draw only about 80 volts and the sensor will get the imbalance of the 240 volts or about 160 volts and will not last.

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The dryer is not drying but has power

First thing to check is look for ~220 volts AC across the two slanted connections in the dryer power socket. You need a voltmeter for this. If no 220 volts, check the house electrical panel to see if the dryer circuit breakers (pair) have tripped--push them OFF, then ON. Recheck for 220 volt at the dryer socket. If voltage is still missing, you may have one or two bad breakers--replace the pair. If ok, try the dryer. If it starts, then quits, you have a short inside the dryer--likely the heating element. Nearly full tear down to get to the dryer element in back of the drum. Weigh repair cost versus a new dryer. Hope this helps!

Jul 23, 2009 | Whirlpool Dryers

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My dryer is drawing 22 amps, the drum is turning fast. I am getting no heat for the clothes. The voltage is 240. I would like to see a manual so I can see if a belt is off or not. Thanks Tony

My guess is that the power socket in the wall for the dryer is incorrectly wired! 22 amps is about right for a functioning dryer, but not just the motor. The drum is turning, so the one belt is intact. First thing to check is the voltages at the socket. There should be 240 volts between the two slanted connections, and 120 volts between the center vertical connection (neutral/ground) and either slanted connection. I'm guessing that the 120 volt motor has 240 volts across it accounting for the fast drum speed. If the socket checks ok, check the wiring of the cord inside the dryer. The center wire of the cord should go to case ground. Hope the motor wasn't damaged.

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My kenmore electric dryer is not heating I checked the heating coil and it seems ok could it be one of the thermostats?

Kenmore style dryer - no heat problems:
Electric dryers - See the "how to take apart" section first if needed. Always check the power supply first...if one house fuse blows or 1/2 of the breaker trips, it is possible for the dryer to run with no heat. If you have a volt meter, you should read 240 volts between the red and black wires, 120 volts between the white and black and 120 volts between white and red, check for this at the main power connection. If you have 240 volts to the dryer, remove rear access panel, turn dryer on and test for 240 volts to the *heating element wire connections (#4). If you have 240 volts there and no heat = bad element, the element must be broken physically to be bad. If you have no power at the heating element, remove power, remove wires to the heating element and isolate them so that they can't touch anything. Reinstall power and check each wire for power from the wire to the dryer cabinet, one wire will probably show 120 volts and the other will show zero. Make note of the color or # of the wire that has no power, remove power to the dryer and check the wiring diagram that comes with the dryer to find out where that color or # wire goes to. EG: - wires might be yellow and red, if the yellow wire (example only) was the one that had no power, look at the wiring diagram to find out where that goes to and check only those parts, no need to check the other colored wire parts as they are working. Things to check are, *thermostats, timer contacts, selector switch, motor switch heat contacts ( 1&2 on the motor switch ) and *thermal fuse. If the wires to the heating element are the same color, just remove power after test and slowly follow that wire that has no power with your hand to see what parts it goes to. If live volt testing scares you, try the ohm checkinstead.
*#1-Thermal fuse that controls heat. If the dryer overheats, this fuse will blow. One shot fuse. Does not reset.
#2-Canister for the heater element.
#3-Hi limit thermostat. This thermostat is a safety thermostat in case the dryer severely overheats. When this safety thermostat is defective, it should raise a red flag for air flow problems.
#4-This is the terminals of the heater element that is inside the canister.
#5-Thermal fuse that controls motor run.
#6-Control thermostat. This is the thermostat that controls the cycling of the heater in high heat mode.
#7-Heater for low heat. When you select low heat, 110V is sent to this heater that the control thermostat sits in. The heater helps cycle the control thermostat faster, therefore you get less heat than the high heat mode.Things that could stop a electric dryer from heating:
- house fuse or breaker ( needs two of them ), heating element, burnt wire, thermostat(s), thermal fuse ( not all models ), motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, burnt power cord/plug.
A ohm meter test for these parts is here.

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Dryer is not heating up

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I think that you are going to need a new heating coil, sorry . I would contact your local appliance dealer to see how much a new one would cost.
best regards mike

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