I have an Amana Electric Dryer. The dryer stopped heating so we opened the front to check the heating element which was fine. We noticed a wire was burnt into on the electric cord so we replaced the cord. When we tried to start the dryer it would act like it wanted to start until we let go of the button, then it would stop. We noticed in putting the dryer back together a metal clip was on the inside of the drum (holding it) instead of on the outside. Now nothing.... We replaced the thermal fuse and the receptacle on the back for the plug. The light inside the dryer is now coming on but will not start. So we are getting power now but nothing else. Any suggestions?
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Re: Dryer does not turn on
Sounds like the motor relay is not functioning. Sometimes the motor will work if the button is pushed but will stop when the button is released. This is caused by a loose wire at the motor or a bad motor relay.
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If you look at the back of the toob when the dryer is running you should be able to see if the elements are turning red.In order to do this you will have to defeat the door switch(be careful, don't stick any part of your body in the dryer). You may want to check your vent,if they stop up the dryer elements will shut off on high temperature.
Most dryers are designed to be repaired from the rear. On the rear probably the whole back panel unscrews. Giving access to the duct where the heating element is located. Make sure to have the dryer unplugged while servicing it to prevent getting electrocuted. Your heating element will be inside of a metal duct that feeds hot air into the dryer remove it and inspect it for breaks in the coils of wire or burned areas. Having a good volt meter that checks continuity is a great tool to check dryer parts. There are several over heat sensors that can go bad over time to and can prevent the dryer from heating. These sensors and the heating element can all be checked using the volt meter on the continuity setting. Having a cell phone on hand helps to take pictures of wiring and connections inside the dryer before unhooking them to aid in reassembly. With sensors or element unplugged and a volt meter on continuity setting touch the red probe to one side of a connector and the black probe to the other side if there's no numbers or a beep on your volt meter suspect that part bad. I have fixed several dryers this way. Hope this helps you.
2 screws at the bottom of front panel if no screws there, then pry top off with wide flat screw driver then look inside toward top of front panel remove two more screws and the front should lift right out then remove screw/s in center of drum and lift out of cabinet there should be your heat element
It may be the thermal fuse but it could also be the heating element. The way to check is to open it up as described above and run the dryer. Watch the element and if it turns on then off again immediately then it is your thermal fuse. That is only about 15 dollars to fix and you can get a new fuse at any appliance repair shop. If the element doesn't ever come on then the element is burnt out and needs to be replaced. This is a little more expensive. I hope this was helpful and if you have any more questions feel free to ask me. Good luck.
Probably the heater element. You need to pull the back of teh machine off and check the heating element for continuity. If its open then its shot.
These are parts that normally go bad.
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