Dryer doesn't heat up.
You didn't give a lot of information.
I'm going to guess that the heating coils aren't turning on. (In a dark room, you can often see their glow through the openings on the back panel as they turn on and off). That often means the thermostat is defective. If you have a meter and don't mind opening the dryer, often there is a schematic inside and you may be able to verify whether or not the thermostat is working.
In any event, if you decide it is probably the thermostat (or it might be phrased something like "thermal switch"), see if you can spot it in the dryer. It will probably have two wires going to it. It's often round, maybe about the size of a nickel, and held in a round opening by a screw or two.
They are not generally too expensive. If you have the model number of your dryer, often an eBay search will get you typical prices. You'll probably pay a little more at your local appliance part outlet, but likely they will have it immediately available.
The time this happened to me, the coils had been coming on (turning red --- very hot --- be careful) but only for a second or two and then they would turn immediately off. A minute or so later, the cycle would repeat. Replacing the thermostat fixed all that and now the coils would come on for a minute or whatever was required to maintain the selected heat of the dryer.
If you are careful and knowledgeable about what you are doing, you can short out the thermostat and see if the dryer works then. The thermostat is intended to prevent the dryer from overheating, so just do this to see if it makes a difference. Don't run the dryer like that, especially unattended, as it could overheat and burn your clothes or much worse. And always be extra careful with electricity in damp environments like a laundry room. Don't take chances.
Another thing you might try before taking everything apart is to select the most simple cycle that the dryer has (like just plain "hot"). Does it work then? If so, it probably isn't the thermostat and is probably something more complicated. But if it doesn't work on simple cycle selections, it is probably something basic that is wrong, like the thermostat and the above may be worth a shot if you are comfortable doing it. It could save a pricey service call.
Sep 19, 2009 |
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