Question about Amana ALG331RAW Gas Dryer
When I set the dryer in one of the automatci modes the timer won't advance and the dryer just keeps running. If I put the setting to a Timed Dry position the dryer works fine and turns off whet it supposed to. I have already replaced the timer and that didn't fix the problem. Also, seems like the clothes are not drying properly. Vents and filter are lint free. Any suggestions?
SOURCE: My Amana Model NDG5800AWW dryer
if you are using the auto dry setting and the dryer is still running after 5 hours you either have a timer issue or a thermostat problem.
The timer is driven by a motor, if the timer motor is bad the timer wont time out.
in the auto dry cycle the thermostat has to cycle off and on which then sends power to the timer again advancing the timer.
set the timer in a timed dry cycle for say ten minutes, if the timer advances and turns off then you know the timer works. if it doesnt advance you have a timer motor issue,
if the problem is the auto cycle, you could replace the thermostat, about $20 american. however a clock timer would be cheaper.
Based on how old is your machine and do you want to stick a timer in it after already paying the service man is up to you.
A basic bath towel load should be dry in about 50 minutes, this varies on how good your seals are and how long a vent you are running, if the dryer vent was plugged you already have shortened the life of your heating element.
Posted on Sep 23, 2008
Hi .Thanks for the question .I would check the venting .Clean all vents to the outside clean all lint .save on hydro, as well. thanks the appliance doc
Posted on Sep 30, 2008
Im guessing there is another thermostat in the circuit to actuate the timer motor circuit. If you can find the timer motor wires check for voltage in the run (cycles yuor having trouble with) modes. Automaticadvance timmer mode is usually an open set of contacts and close when the element is heating too correct temperature allowing power to continue to the timmer motor. In the delicate cycle often it is the same thermostat on a differant set of contacts (but they could be on the same thermostat this type of thermostat has 3 termjinals usually 2 on 1 side and 1 on the other). that energize the timer motor.
The other thing that could be the problem is the timmer itself. There has to be a set of contacts inside the timmer that energize the timer motor in both cycles. these are or can work on some cycles but not others due to worn out parts in the timer. Check for voltages her that corrospond with your timer motor.
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Posted on Mar 09, 2009
Pull the dryer out away from the wall. Unhook the vent from the dryer completely. Do not put anything over the dryer exhaust on the back of the dryer. Do a normal load with the vent unhooked. If it dries better or ok like this then the problem is in the dryer venting. Like a blocked vent pipe or a smashed or restricted vent hose.
- If the vent doesn't make a difference, then check the blower wheel for excessive lint build up, check that there isn't anything stuck to the air intake baffle inside the drum, (i.e. the screen on the back wall of the dryer when looking into the drum). Check the lint filter chute for blockage. Check that the heating element isn't shorted to ground. Check the exhaust temperature of the dryer. A meat or pocket thermometer can be used for this. It should cycle approx between 110 degrees and 150 degrees. Check that the drum seals are not worn out.
Posted on Dec 23, 2009
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