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Timer does not move in Auto/delecate

My Amana Dryer ALG443 Raw does not stop as well as timer does not move in Auto/Delacate mode.It stops when I move manually to stop position. Drying is ok in this mode and timid dry. I ran dryer after taking out the feed to blower housing but never solved. I checked the cycling thermostat for continuity and it reads 00.5 ohm resistance. That means I think the thermostat is ok. Any one has answer for this problem. Highly appreciate ur posting.

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  • captks Mar 10, 2009

    Thanks,

    My recycle thermostat is mounted on heater thermostat (Bias heater). Both are ok. I understand that if the moisture sensor (two metal strips) is bad the timer willnot advance and stop. Does my model have a sensor if so where can I find it.

  • captks Mar 10, 2009

    Thanks,

    My recycle thermostat is mounted on heater thermostat (Bias heater). Both are ok. I understand that if the moisture sensor (two metal strips) is bad the timer willnot advance and stop. Does my model have a sensor if so where can I find it.

  • captks Mar 11, 2009

    Thank you very much for your kind gesturte and effort to solve the problem. As I was reserching I red a similar problem and a advice to clen the vent. I cleaned the vent this afternoon and good amount of trash got out of it as I never clened the vent after instalation 9 years back. My problem is solved. I would like to rate you 100% for the prompt posting of your solution.

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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.

Hope this helps Please rate me accordingly and GOOD LUCK

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  • Farley Redfield
    Farley Redfield Mar 10, 2009

    Yes I did not consider this but it does make sense. Its the same kind of setup except it is depending on direct sensing of the moisture content of your clothes and is probably looking for a specific voltage differance being returnded to the other side of the sensor or maybe even ground. If your inside tub stationary areas are plastic the sensors have to be some kind of metal or composit material to allow the sensing and have to be at 2 points usually in close proximity to each other. If your interior is metal the "pickup" sensor could be a "ground" and this point wouls be any pace the clothes touch the metal and the sensor at the same time, I thinkr for this sensor to work you will have only one point for the output and anyplace around it will pickup the voltage. If it is out of range it may not work at all like the problem your having. Or one of the sensor wires has cracked or fallen off or came apart behind the sensor surface where you cant see it.

    I am not acquainted with the model number however the sensors are usually located on a fixed member of the tub (a part that does nopt turn) either in front or in back of the drum area. If you use a fair amount of fabric softener in the wash its possible that all this sensor needs is cleaning, try some rubbing alcohol (I would suggest finger nail polish remover but it might damage any plastic or cause the sensor to turn loose) on a cloth and cclean the stationary parts inside the dryer.

    Hope this helps Please rate me accordingly and GOOD LUCK


  • Farley Redfield
    Farley Redfield Mar 14, 2009

    Thank you for your kind rating and comments

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