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Tumble dryer My tumble dryer still works and turns the clothes but does'nt heat up! Took the back off and can see the heating element but it all looks connected properly and does'nt seem damaged. Will this be expensive to repair?

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  • Geesh Oct 08, 2007

    Where would i get a multi meter from because all the people i've asked about it are not quite sure what one is! hopefully if i can get hold of one i might fix my problem. the help posted was helpful but cannot say it's fixed yet!

  • Geesh Oct 08, 2007

    Forgot to add i can't see a trip switch anywhere in the back so i don't think it would be that!?

  • iduuno Oct 03, 2008

    Dryer tumbles but no heat. Lint trap in front cleaned. I know I need to check the outside vent to make sure not clogged. What else could be causing problem? What year was this model # mfg.?

  • boballison7 Feb 06, 2009

    dryer spins, but there is no heat. Is there a check list or manual online?

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I have had the timer changed and thermostat changed and it still spins and will not dry the clothes.

  • michelle2402 Mar 01, 2009

    My tumble dryer does not heat up as well as it used to. Is it repairable or do I need to replace it. A load takes 2 hours to dry now, it used to take 40 minutes.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Dryer tumbles, but does not heat up

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The element has to be tested with a multi-meter, looking good just isn't enough, it could also be a cut out that has tripped, there are normally 3 on a dryer, all need to be checked with a meter, easy job if you know what you are doing hope i have helped you where to look next, if so please rate me

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  • mick d Oct 09, 2007

    basically a multimeter is just a meter that checks the circuit of a component,

    if you can check the circuit of the element using other methods then that is just as good, all you are doing is checking that there is a circuit through the connections of the element from one end to the other, if there is no circuit the element is faulty

    there are small cut outs located around the machine, different machines and models have these cut outs located in different places, so its no good me telling you where they are, but trust me there are at least 2 of these fitted by law for safety reasons

    try different methods or ask someone electrically minded to help you, it has to be the element or cut out, you are very close just keep going

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