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Hotpoint TDC30S tumble dryer not working.

Fuse OK; filter cleaned; water emptied. ????????????

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  • stevey_andre Feb 02, 2009

    Thank you kachbibi1. I tried your solution. I bypassed the thermal fuse and there was a buzzing noise and a burning smell. I would like some more advise please, if you have time. xx

  • stevey_andre Feb 03, 2009

    Thank you again kachbibi1. I tried again; there was nothing at all this time. I found the motor (after removing some screws and a panel) but it seemed OK. I followed the wires to the control panel and I could smell the burning (even though there was no power). After removing lots more screws, two struts and the front panel, I removed a melted and burned micro-switch, which is activated by a plastic pin in the door. I bypassed this and reassembled the whole thing (which took some patience). IT WORKED! So, I'm going to order a new door-switch and attempt to fit it. Thank you so much.

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Remove the back of the dryer and you will see wires going to a small terminal block. You could have your problem here. First, I would check to see if the plug is properly wired. A wire could have come loose there. If this doesn't work, then check underneath the top of the dryer. This is easy with onlt 4-6 screws to remove. You will find a themal fuse there along side of the drum. Bypass it and see if it works. This will more than likely be the problem. If not, reply back and we will go further from here.

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    Bill Dickerson Feb 03, 2009

    Hi Steve, it sounds like you got right on this. If you are getting a buzzing sound and burning smell, then this is probably why the thermal fuse blew. It protected the rest of your dryer. If you are not sure where the buzzing came from, try this again and and direct your attention to the motor that turns the drum. Don't leave it on long as it could do permanent damage. I am thinking your motor is or has burned up and you are smelling the wiring from within the motor. There may be a buzzing coming from the control panel as well. Try this and let me know back and we will go to the next step or feel free to call me at 803 463 5567. I enjoy these sight unseen projects.

  • Bill Dickerson
    Bill Dickerson Feb 03, 2009

    Steve, you have done the hard part already. You are now in the homestretch. Good job finding the problem.

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