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Has power but is not running

We just bought the dryer and it had the initals af it unclogged itself but now my husband tried to turn on the dryer and it has power but the drum or the heat is not coming on any suggestions?

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If it is an electric dryer it has a 220 plug. the problem is in your wiring either the "pig tail" or wire that hooks up to the dryer is hooked up backwards. or your plug has power but only to one side of the plug. i know it sounds funny but its true. there are three holes on the outlet. the one closest to the middle is the ground and the other two are hot. if your hubby is a mr fix it he should have a multi meter set it to "ac 250" or "ac 500"and check both sides of the outlet, make sure leads on the meter are plugged into the right holes on the meter, or it could be a painful mistake! if you only have power on one side you found the problem. turn the power to the dryer off. if you dont know which breaker it is try turning the dryer on, then go to the panel and turn off the breakers that say 30 amp off and on until you hear the dryer turn off. then take the cover off of the outlet, you might find a burnt wire ,most likely the red one. if you feel confident enough you might be able to find enough slack in the wall to rewire it. cut off a few inches and rewire it like it was. and presto instant heat in your dryer

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Hi , All tumble dryers because of there nature have a very sesative (spelling) thermal cutout on the dryers heater matrix ,When the machine clogges up with dust the temperature increases inside the machine to such a level the thermal fuse blows , On some machines where the dryer elememt is theres a resetable cutout , (push the pin in) but on most once its tripped you have to buy another element assembly , ( there around £40).and while the machine is in bits all the dust has to be cleaned out? If your good with a multimeter you could test the circuit on the heater , youll get no reading if the fuse is busted.

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I've seen the AF code twice now on my Whirlpool Cabriolet Dryer (wed6400sw1). The first time, we thought it stood for "Auto Fluff", a cycle to keep the clothes wrinkle free...We soon realized the dryer was getting a lot hotter than it ever did before and until I checked the vent stack from the roof, I had no idea that the pipe was blocked with a build-up of lint. I cleaned the pipe from top to bottom by taking it apart wherever I could using a vacuum and every hose extension I could get my hands on. I duct taped these together so I didn't drop it somewhere that I couldn't reach!

The second time we saw the AF code was this weekend. First, I verified the vent pipe was not clogged again. (a good quick test for this is to disconnect it from the back of the dryer and run it unconnected to see if the AF code fires) After some online research, I started taking it apart the back to maybe replace the thermistor or the thermal fuse shown above.

I noticed an odd little piece of ceramic tubing had fallen down to the base of the dryer pan. So I decided to take the heater core apart to have a look. Sure enough, I found my problem. My dryer has two separate groups of springy looking heater wire. You can see that part here as well as the little tube I found. http://www.appliancepartspros.com/Appliance-Parts/whirlpool-element-item-number-ap3953732.aspx It turns out that ceramic tube is an insulator allowing for the two heating elements to exist without touching since they are both powered from the same starting wire point.

Well, my AF code (which is really just telling you the dryer is getting too hot) was being created due to a broken wire which caused the two units to fuse together. It must have been getting really hot. It also had welded itself to the metal backing structure.

I carefully removed the broken wires from the heater element and reassembled to test. Sure enough, it works good again and no AF code, but I bet it doesn't heat as much since I removed one half of the element. I'm going to pick up a replacement heater element tomorrow from the local parts store to restore it like new.

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