Question about Dryers
Dryer will not start
If your dryer doesn't work at all, it could be because of problems with:
Power from the house
Power from the house Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? If you plug something else into the outlet, does it work? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker.
Door switch If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch.
Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing.
If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.)
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Investigate these areas if your dryer is not starting:
Proper Voltage from the House
Your dryer may not be receiving adequate voltage to start. Make sure your dryer is plugged in. Also, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the circuit breakers are in the correct positions. Or check to make sure no fuses in the fuse panel are blown. Try plugging something else into the same outlet. If it won't work either, then there is likely something wrong with the power outlet. Any of these could be the reason power is not getting to your dryer. Also, refrain from using an extension cord to plug your dryer in.
If your dryer's door switch is defective, it will not
allow your dryer to start. Test your dryer's door switch. If it is
defective, replace it.
A dryer cannot start if its start switch is
defective. Test your dryer's start switch. If it is defective, you will
have to replace it for your dryer to start again.
A thermal fuse is a heat-sensitive fuse attached to
your dryer's exhaust duct (in most models) that is designed to blow if
the dryer overheats. A blown fuse would cause your dryer to not heat, or
to not work at all. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its thermal
fuse. Test the component. If it has blown, replace it.
A defective dryer thermostat could be what is
preventing your dryer from starting. Open up your dryer's cabinet. Test
each of your dryer's thermostats. Replace any that have become
Your dryer's timer will not function properly if its
motor is malfunctioning. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its
motor. Test the component. If it is not functioning as it should,
replace either the motor itself, or the entire timer assembly.
A burned out motor could be what is keeping your
dryer from starting. Test your dryer's motor and if it is defective,
replace it. You will have to open your dryer in order to gain access to
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