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Can't make the dryer heat

My first was making a lot of noise. Someone gave me their old one, after changing the pig tail it won't heat. I was given the third one, it won't heat either. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Lee2fixit May 11, 2010

    Was your old dryer electric? You said you changed the pigtail... why? Do you have 240 volts at the outlet?

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can't make the dryer heat - 64c4e1e.jpgYour 2 outer wires which are hot go to the outside and the middle wire is neutral The green wire is a ground wire to frame.

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All these components COMBINED, should cost less than $100. If you fix it yourself, you will avoid the additional cost for labor.


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If your dryer performance has been failing (i.e., clothes taking longer to dry), it may be for a reason. You need to ask yourself when the last time you cleaned the dryer ventilation. If you can't remember, or if it has never been done, this can contribute to the dryer failing. All dryers need proper air flow in order to dry properly. If the ducting becomes clogged, the heating circuits will actually overheat and eventually fail. This usually results in the Thermal Cut-Out (TCO) blowing or the Heating Element failing or BOTH. When these components fail, they must be replaced. Remove the dryer hose from the back of the dryer and inspect it thoroughly from where it leaves the dryer to where it exits your home. It should be clear with no kinks or clogs. If your vent line runs under a crawl space make sure it is suspended above the ground and has no sags where lint could collect. RULE OF THUMB: The SHORTER and STRAIGHTER the vent duct, the BETTER. After you inspect the vent ducting, turn the dryer on and make sure you have forceful air flow coming form the dryer. This will prove that your blower fan is working properly or not. Since you stated that your dryer is not currently heating, the air will be cold, but you should still have some force behind it. If the air flow is weak, you need to clean the duct work INSIDE the dryer. It is important to keep a dryer checked routinely. I recommend once per season (that's 4 times per year). Dryers are the cause of many house fires. These fires are due to lint accumulations inside the unit catching on fire. A little preventive maintenance can prevent significant problems in the future.

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