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Dryer does not get hot

Dryer is whirlpool model, 5 yrs. old, replaced the belt last year. cleaned out the outside and inside vents and it doesn't make a difference. Dryer capacity is extra large. Dryer is a gas model. The Mod # is LGR7648KQ1 and the SER # is MP3424406.

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  • jordan_pansi May 05, 2009

    My dryer at home will heat up for 5 to 10 minutes and then it will stop heating and just spin. The dryer is a gas Whirlpool LGR7648KQ1. I just replaced the thermal fuse and the two thermostat sensors located on the back of the dryer but this did not solve my problem

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Most likely your heating element has gone bad. This will happen from a number of different things ranging from just plain age to clogged vents causing it to overheat and go out. Also with a gas dryer your thermostat may be bad. The thermostat tells the dryer when to release the gas and ignite the flame to heat the drum. This would be my first suggestion on what the problem is. There is also a thermal fuse on your dryer that may be the problem but I really think it's the thermostat. It's hard to say without hooking a volt meter to it to find where the current is stopping but these would be the most common causes. It's always a good idea to have your vents cleaned out at least once a year and if you have a long distance between the dryer and the vent outside get the entire hose cleared out yearly. This will save you money in the long run on parts and save you from any fires. With gas dryers, I have seen it a few times in homes, the lint catches fire due to the open flame and does a lot of damage.

Do try out the thermostat first, it shouldn't cost you but around 20 dollars for it. If you open up the back panel of the control panel you will find the wire diagram and it will show you where the thermostat is located. Do make sure to unplug the dryer first though. Trust me, 110 volts of electricity is not a fun feeling for anyone, I know from experience. If you have any other questions let me know. I hope this helps you out enough to get this fixed, I know what a pain it is to have your dryer out. Good luck.

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