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Elecrtic dryer spins but no heat on any of the settings

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  • Doug Boyle
    Doug Boyle May 17, 2009

    No need to look for a TCO or hi-temp thermostat?

  • Anonymous May 18, 2009

    Thank you, that makes sense. I'll check the breakers. Meanwhile, I've got the back off and tested with my multi-tester and got a .01 on the TCO (continuity), if this is located on the exhaust side. I got nothing on the thermostat (in any combination of the four wires). Going to the heating side I got .10 on the lower heating element (I think). And then there is what looks to be another heating element on the high side (are there two heating elements?) where I don't remember what I got....

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Ah -- I've seen this before.

Your dryer wants 240 volts to operate. That would be two 120 volt sources, 180 degrees out of phase. Two 120 volt sources = two circuit breakers.

If one of those 120 volt sources is not working then the dryer will spin but no heat.

Put the dryer dial or switches in the OFF position. Go to the circuit breaker box and find the dryer breakers. There will be two breakers -- ganged (fastened) together. Now, if one of those breakers has blown, and the other hasn't, the 'ganging' will prevent the blown breaker from appearing obvious.

Turn the breaker(s) OFF, count to three and a half then turn them ON with a nice solid snap.

Go upstairs and try the dryer again.

There are other problems that can cause this, but this solution will take care of most of these problems.

I wouldn't worry about the popped breaker unless it starts to happen all the time -- but a one-off breaker pop on a dryer is not a big deal.

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You need to replace the heat element. It's a relatively easy & inexpensive repair, using only basic hand tools.

DISCONNECT THE ELECTRICTRICITY BEFORE YOU START

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