The dryer 'On/Off' switch not working. Dryer does not turn on.
The 'On/Off' switch is punched in, but the dryer will not work. We have checked breakers, etc., and power seems to be available to it, but trying to click this switch; we cannot get it to basically 'Go On'.
Please HELP - anyone. I need to use the dryer, and hate to call a repairman when it could be something simple, and save us money.
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Sounds like the internal parts of the switch are damaged and not allowing the required circuit to be closed. There are many kinds of dryers and switches. If you can pull the switch out and observe the wiring on the back, it may be possible to "jump" the wires. Use extreme caution not to electricute yourself. Basically if it's just a push on to start dryer, all that needs to be done is the two wires in the switch to contact each other for a second. DO NOT TOUCH THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS. Hold the insulated wire in each hand and touch together briefly. This should start the dryer. DO NOT LEAVE THE WIRES EXPOSED. Put back onto swith being careful not to touch the metal connectors.
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There are several bimetallic heat sensor switches in a dryer. Check them first, then the continuity of the door switch, then the control unit ( I usually get mine rebuilt), finally the motor as a last resort.
If the power is there, you will want to check the door switch,
thermal fuse, thermostats, and start switch to see if one of these is
faulty. Make sure that the control settings are appropriate, and that
any buttons are fully depressed. Make sure that the start button has
been fully pushed down or turned far enough to activate the dryer.
The door or lid switch performs two main functions. When the
door is open, it keeps the dryer from starting, and turns on the light.
If the door switch is faulty, your dryer won't work, and you'll need to
replace the switch. The door switch is located inside of your dryer's
main housing right by the door frame. You'll probably need to access
this switch through the top or front of your dryer.
There may also be a problem with the start switch. Test and
replace if it is faulty.
Many dryers use what's called a thermal fuse. This is often
within the exhaust duct in the back panel. This fuse is about an inch
long, and is usually found within a white plastic housing. Your dryer
will not operate if this fuse is defective. You can test this fuse, and
if faulty, replace it.
Most fuses have a thin wire that conducts electricity. When
blow, it means the wire is broken, they have no continuity and no power
will flow through it. When this happens to the thermal fuse, your dryer
either doesn't work at all, or it stops heating. Give your vent and
heating system a visual check before you replace this fuse.
You will also want to test each thermostat to determine if any
is faulty. A bad thermostat may prevent your dryer from working at all.
It doesn't work at allIf your dryer doesn't work at all, it could be because of problems with:Power from the houseDoor switchThermal fuseWiringPower from the houseCheck to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? If you plug something else into the outlet, does it work? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.Door switchIf the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Thermal fuseOn many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing
the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer
won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is
inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need
to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch.Check online for the part repairclinic.com has it for $14.00 not bad
1. No power to the dryer
Make sure there's power getting to the dryer. Check for a
tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse. Check the wall socket for
power with a voltmeter or by plugging something else in. Sometimes
the power cord disconnects or burns at the dryer, if this is the
case, the wiring and the terminal block must be repaired or
2. Door switch / Door switch actuator lever
The dryer would not start with a broken door switch. Replace the
door switch if found defective.
Most dryers have a door switch actuator lever - when you close a
dryer door, it presses against the lever, which actuates the door
switch. If the lever is broken, the switch would not activate and
the dryer would not start. Replace the lever, if broken.
Note: Door switch actuator lever usually comes with the door switch
assembly and it is recommended to get the whole assembly since there
is almost no price difference between the door switch assembly and
just the lever
Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer
overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or
stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the
dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a
meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not
broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.
Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a
hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.
Replace if defective (note: uncommon problem).
Have you tried to bypass the hi limit switch or the thermal switch. It will work. If it works for a few times, then you will know the switch is bad. I did this on a friend's one time and it solved it. Only cost about 15 bucks. Godd luck and let me know how it turns out.
If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch.
On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing.
If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.)
Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. In this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.