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Dryer will not start

Ok I have a bit of smarts but this has got me stumped. I have a whirlpool dryer that was given to me for free. When the other person had it the unit was working. I had to change the power cable since my outlet would not acept the cord and all went well. I have 242V across the outside terms. I check the resistance on the thermal fuse (.02) so that is ok.
The thing that bothers me is the timer will not even run when plugged in. What about checking the door switch? What terminals do I probe to check continuity?

Help and any other suggestions.

I did check the door switch and it is ok (open circuit when door open, .07when door closed, but I found something interesting with the voltage lines on back.

Red to Black = 242V
Black to Neutral 59.5V
Red to Neutral= 182V

Just on a whim I flipped the wires the only one that changed was Black to Neutral = 51.7V

According to the wiring schematic with the dryer Black to Neutral (cabinet) sb 120V

Hope this helps.

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    The dryer was working for straight eight months; now, it won't start.The door light does not even come when the door is ajar.



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Go to the breaker panel and make sure the neutral is making good contact. Especially check for corrosion. If it is good there, look for other connections between breaker panel and dryer. It seem to me you have a bad neutral somewhere.

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