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I have a Whirlpool dryer model LEN2000JQ0. The heating element glows red and gets really hot. You can feel the heat and smell the heat I go to turn on the dryer it makes a buzzing sound and the drum will not turn I have to open the dryer door to get the buzzing sound to stop but the heat will continue. I have to unplug the dryer to get the heating element to not work. I did turn the dryer to the Air Fluff and it will still be extremely hot air coming out. I have taken apart the dryer cleaned everything out to see if anything was plugged. Cleaned the motor very well. The motor does turn by hand easily. Wondering if it might be the High Limit Thermostat?

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  • Diane Lovell Dec 31, 2012

    The drum is not hard to turn by hand either.



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I would change the control thermostat. It is mounted next to the skinny white fuse on the filter housing under the dust cover on the back side.
I worked on a dryer like this that had a heat problem and wrote about it HERE

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  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Dec 31, 2012

    I would also check for short between each terminal of the heating element to frame. Seen it.

  • Diane Lovell Dec 31, 2012

    Would the short cause the heating element to stay on all the time. Even if I have not turned on the dryer. It can be in the off position and the heating element will get real hot. I have to unplug to get it to turn off

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Dec 31, 2012

    It ain't supposed to be coming on IF the motor ai't running. Your cent switch could be defective. With the power disconnected and the motor unplugged from the harness check between terminal 1 and 2 on each end of the motor connector block. If you get continuity you have a bad motor cent switch.

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Dec 31, 2012

    The buzzing sound would be the dryer trying to start up on the run windings and not the start windings because that centrifugal switch is stuck in the wrong position. Sometimes you can lube the cent switch and work it by hand till it slides easy but do not use wd 40 or any flamable oil. Use only appliance oil. Zoomspout oil is available at ACE hardware and is safe or dryers.

  • Dan Webster
    Dan Webster Dec 31, 2012

    When you hit start the motor start winding gets energized when the motor gets up to speed the cent switch job is to allow power to the heater AND to the run windings, the start windings drop out when the motor is at full speed.



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