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Heating coils are not broken and will not turn of

Magtag lde710 when i plug in dryer with the doar open the heating coils come on, coils are not broken drum does not turn with doar open or closed.

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Check the capacitor next to the motor it will have 2 wires coming off it this can stop the drum turning


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My GE spacemaker dryer doesn't heat up any more?

Hi Anonymous.

I'll make what I hope is not too much of an assumption and say that this means that air is still being drawn through (if you go to the exit vent for the dryer, air still blows out) ?

there are a couple of things to consider, with differing appeal depending on your DIY chops. Fortunately, dryers are not actually made by that many vendors, at least in the US, and they tend to be made almost exactly the same way. Which means that if you look up 'how to check fuses on GE ModelName', there will almost certainly be Youtube videos and/or instructables on how to get into the unit.

before doing anything more, ground rules:
  • NO TAKING PANELS OFF UNLESS POWER IS UNPLUGGED! Dryers draw a lot of current and you can get shocked really badly by bare electrical contacts inside if it's plugged in. Be safe about this.
  • Lots of dryers use rough-finished sheet metal inside, (where consumers generally don't poke around). Consider wearing gloves when panels are off - it's really easy to get nasty cuts from un-blunted sheet metal edges inside)
  1. No heat could mean no air flow. From above, if there is no air flow out the vent, then the system will overheat quickly and trip it's thermostat. This would mean that the vent line or tube needs to be cleaned out. This is a good idea anyway since clogged vent tubes can cause fires.
  2. If the air is flowing, then you're not getting heat made in the first place. this is most likely from one of several fuses or thermostats tripping (or failing). You'd need to look up the particulars, but there are usually 3 or 4 spread between the heater outlet and the vent tunnel to make sure that things aren't overheating, or to trip off/on as temperatures cycle over an acceptable range for low/medium/high. The particulars are better laid out in a DIY for checking the thermostats and fuses. The good news is that the first time it's mildly challenging, and after that the most time usually goes into sliding the dryer away from the wall and detaching/reattaching the vent.
  3. Another, less likely possibility is that the heater itself has failed or is disconnected. Electric heater coils (probably inside a flat sheet metal enclosure on the right side when viewing the back) should have two heavy wires attaching to them, probably with heavy spade clips. Make sure that they're connected, and that the wires are not broken. It's a good time to also blow the coils off with some compressed air - they tend to pick up lint, become less effective in transferring heat, make bad smells, and sometimes trip interlocks since they overheat even though (actually because) the passing air isn't being heated. Kind of like dusting off the coils on your fridge. IF things are connected, you can disconnect momentarily and test the continuity with a volt meter. Open loop means broken coil and explanation for no heat.
  4. Finally, dryers are usually hooked up th 3 phase power, and have a double pull breaker in the breaker panel. Unlikely, but possible that half the breaker popped, taking out one of the power phases. If that's one of the supplies to the heater (2 in 3 chance), then no heat, even if other things might have power. this should be a rare/freak occurrence, but it's easy to check.

    hoping this helps!

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A gas dryer doen't need two fuses/breakers. If you have a tripped breaker the breaker handle will be part way flipped and thus out or line with the others, blown fuses will have a black spot or you'll be able to see a broken wire in them. It's more likely you have a burned out igniter in your dryer if everything works but the heat.
If you're wanting to find the fuses/breakers to work on the dryer and they aren't labeled, plug a lamp into the plug and then turn or beakers or unscrew fuses until the light goes out. If a lamp won't plug into the plug for the dryer then it's not likely a gas dryer.
I hope this helps.

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Just bought a new (old) house and the Maytag stackable w/d stayed. The dryer doesn't heat up at all. We've cleared the vents, but still no heat.

Check that you have 220 volts. or see that the timer is not set to Air Fluff ( no Heat)
you may have a bad thermostat, or a broken
heater coil. or a broken belt.

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Looks like my Maytag. My dryer belt is broken so doesn't tumble. Check by taking two screws out of tilted panel and look at belt. If it isn't heating probably heat coil. If nothing probably electrical. Maybe door switch is open circuited.

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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.

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Check for a stuck relay. that's the only thing else that comes to mind

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