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Dryer not heating up

Tumbler turns, not clogged, timer knob not turning.

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This sounds to me like the the timer switch is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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If the timer knob does not turn in a clockwise direction, then chances are the timer is bad.

Heating is a different issue, although, if the timer knob will not turn, then it may not be at a position that turns the heat on.

Replace the timer, then check the heating. If the heater then works, then the problem was in the timer. If it doesn't, then we need to look at problems within the heater circuit.

Reply back what you find out.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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