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Electric dryer won't heat

My amana electric dryer, aprox eleven years old, does everything but heat. I have checked the breaker, and the air vent, they are good, I have the front off the dryer, but don't know for sure where the thermostat is. I am a widow on a fixed income, and not sure if i can afford to get this fixed, or should i just get a new one. Please help

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The problem may be the heating element look for a break in the element most of the time its element be for the thermostat . goodluck

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The problem is most likely one of the thermal limit switches/thermostats which is bad -- there could be several of them. Or, it is less likely that it is the heating element or a loose/corroded/broken connection to the heating circuit.

I would call for service -- it would be less expensive than a new dryer.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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