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send the model number.if this is electric try this.put it on air fluff and start it,if it has heat your element is bad,it's grounding out,part of the element is touching the metal case around the element.if it just did this on auto i would say change the cycling thermostat but on timed dry it just counts down like a clock.i saw this once and the element was bad,grounding out.it was tricky i thought it was the timer also.
The timer could be the problem. To check this, turn the timer to a
timed cycle say 30 minutes or so then time it. If in 30 minutes the
timer hasn't moved and the dryer is still on, the timer is bad and need replaced. If in 30 minutes the dryer is off, the heating element is your problem
This is the most likely cause for some dryers timer not advancing. Some
dryers have two heating elements and if one goes out the timer will not
advance if you use it on an automatic cycle but you will still feel heat
inside the tub. replace the heating elements
Check the limits on the heater chamber for continuity. If all are fine and the power going into the dryer is fine then the timer is suspect. Find the ower wire from timer to element and check for continuity between that terminal of the timer and all other terminals of the timer while roating the timer to various positions. If that meter cannot get a read then your timer has a bad terminal(burnt contact)
I assume it runs and this is from that stance. If it doesn't the motor
has to be checked and the power coming in. In fact the dryer can run and
still not have the correct power to opperate the heater.
A dryer has to have 2 things to dry clothes. 1 Air supply and exhaust, 2 Heating source. No mater if its a gas dryer or electric these 2 items are what dry the clothes..
A. If the dryer has all of these things it has to be heating and an air
flow problem (kinked or dirty dryer duck, motor fan clogged with lint,
vent flapper not opening...) is suspect.
Assuming you have a volt meter and know how to use it properly.
These are the steps that the power and machine have to take to operate properly
1. power is correct (USA 220V across line and 115v to ground/neut) 2 hot
lines with potential between them and a neutral and possible a ground
2 Door switch is closed
3 Timer switch closes and ready s power to heating element through
centrifugal switch in the motor circuit after the motor is running.
4 the heating element is assumed to be good and have 220v at this point.
Checking for voltage at the element will assure all before are ok and
at least allowing the heater to work.
5 the heating element is controlled by 1 or more thermostats and a
safety thermostat. If either of these switches do not close when the
dryer is "cool" they are bad. NOTE some dryers could ahve 3 wire
thermostats. These can read closed on one set and open on the other. And
this is how they should be if good. But tracing the wire diagram will
tell which set is closed and when.
6 if you have power, the timer contacts to the motor and the heater
(separate circuits usually)are "closed", the motor runs, the cent switch
"closes", the temperature operating thermostats are closed, and the
heating element is good you have to have heat.
1 Check for 220V power into the dryer. If not check breakers and turn
off and on several time pushing them firmly. If this is ok and 220V
present step 1 is done. proceed through all steps above.
If these instructions and explanations are foreign to you I recommend you contact a local service person to check the appliance for you. There are several reasons but mostly safety. DO NOT ASSUME THE POWER IS EVER OFF. Like an unloaded gun is the only one ever in an accident, same applies to electric. The only time anyone gets hurt by electric is when the power is off. If the plug isnt in your hands and you cant see the knives its assumed hot til checked. even with a breaker thrown still check it.
If it heats w/ the timer in off position whenever plugged in the the element is shorting to ground, its most likely due to either a broken coil or a cracked insulator. If heating w/ timer set for drying but motor is not running, the heat circuit thru the centrifugal/start switch on the motor is stuck closed.
Q - My electric dryer runs but will not heat, what could stop my dryer from heating? A - Things that could stop a electric dryer from heating: - house fuse or breaker ( needs two of them ), heating element, burnt wire, thermostat(s), thermal fuse ( not all models ), motor heat switch, timer, selector switch, burnt power cord/plug. A ohm meter test for these parts is here.