Question about Dryers
I have checked all the sensors, thermal fuse, interlocks, timer, start button and everything checks out. I have voltage on each sensor and the thermal fuse when the start button is depressed. I see 120v at each terminal of the heater coil but not 240 across the two terminals (I assume this would change once the motor starts up). Could a bad motor be my issue?
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May 12, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers
It could be the door safety interlock switch. Remove the switch, short the two wires and press start. If it works, remove the short to stop the dryer and order a switch. If you have an Ohm Meter you can test the function of the switch without shorting the switch. Do you hear the motor start? If yes check the belt for any breaks. Use an Ohm Meter to test the start switch or touch the two wires together to see if it starts. You can check the thermal fuse with an Ohm Meter which should be by the blower motor. If the thermal fuse is bad make sure the vent and lint trap is clear of any obstructions. The last item to check is the timer circuit.
Mar 01, 2011 | Dryers
Investigate these areas if your dryer is not starting:
Proper Voltage from the House
Your dryer may not be receiving adequate voltage to start. Make sure your dryer is plugged in. Also, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the circuit breakers are in the correct positions. Or check to make sure no fuses in the fuse panel are blown. Try plugging something else into the same outlet. If it won't work either, then there is likely something wrong with the power outlet. Any of these could be the reason power is not getting to your dryer. Also, refrain from using an extension cord to plug your dryer in.
If your dryer's door switch is defective, it will not
allow your dryer to start. Test your dryer's door switch. If it is
defective, replace it.
A dryer cannot start if its start switch is
defective. Test your dryer's start switch. If it is defective, you will
have to replace it for your dryer to start again.
A thermal fuse is a heat-sensitive fuse attached to
your dryer's exhaust duct (in most models) that is designed to blow if
the dryer overheats. A blown fuse would cause your dryer to not heat, or
to not work at all. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its thermal
fuse. Test the component. If it has blown, replace it.
A defective dryer thermostat could be what is
preventing your dryer from starting. Open up your dryer's cabinet. Test
each of your dryer's thermostats. Replace any that have become
Your dryer's timer will not function properly if its
motor is malfunctioning. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its
motor. Test the component. If it is not functioning as it should,
replace either the motor itself, or the entire timer assembly.
A burned out motor could be what is keeping your
dryer from starting. Test your dryer's motor and if it is defective,
replace it. You will have to open your dryer in order to gain access to
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