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Dryer will not work

Dryer started to run but then smelled a fum/burn smell and it was starting and stoping before it stopped all together

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  • iamenergy May 11, 2010

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN WORKING ON ANYTHING WITH AC POWER CONNECTED !!

    What exactly do you mean by "fum/burn"?
    Does it stop tumbling?
    Does the heating element continually cycle on/off?

    There is at least one thermal cut off switch.
    It is a two terminal device usually mounted near the heating element or in/near where the hot air exhaust leaves the dryer.

    It
    should be closed (shorted) all of the time. It should ONLY open when
    dryer overheats. Check it with an ohm meter with AC power disconnected.
    It should be a short. If open replace it.

    You can also check it with power connected but you must be VERY VERY CAREFUL !!
    Connect an AC voltmeter set to read 250 VAC across the switch.
    Run the the dryer.
    It should measure zero VAC.
    If the switch opens it will measure about 220 VAC.
    If it opens when it has not overheated, replace the switch.

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Souns like the belt or rear bearing has messed up.

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