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Not heating up, fuse or heating element? How to tell?

Not heating up, not sure if it's the heating element or a fuse. How to tell? Where can I get replacements for these?

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Barrel turns no heat-new fuse-same-new element-same. Old element burned could new fuse pop and I need new one

Be sure to check for lint inside the filter housing and also vent blockage. 240 volts is going into the dryer. The motor runs on 120 so you might have a voltage problem. Heating element needs 240 volts. here is my video let me know if this helps:

Dec 21, 2012 | Kenmore Dryers

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My dryer turns on and runs but the clothes are not drying. its a crosley dryer and relatively new. checked lint filter and vaccumed up dust and lint and made sure that the screen and exhaust were clear

Sounds like the heating element or a fuse for the heating element. Impossible to tell you how to troubleshoot though unless I have the model type. Use google to type in your type and model number along with heating element (i.e., GE XXXXXX heating element troubleshooting) and you'll likely find some instructions for troubleshooting.

Sep 07, 2011 | Dryers

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My oven heats but it took 20 min. to preheat to 450 deg. today. The problem could have been for several days. I thought it either heats or not heat at all. Could it be the element. Also, when baking,...

no the broil also heats up,depending on the model you have it could be a problem with the element but if it heats sometimes i don't think it will be the element it could be the thermostat or sensor or a board issue depending on the model you need to get in there with a meter to check out if you're getting 240 volts to the element,the broil element get 120 volts,but the only way to tell is with a meter.if you have fuses in the house instead of breakers check the fuses,you could have a bad fuse and only be getting 120 to the bake element.if you go to remove the element to check it with a meter make sure you kill the power to it or you can damage something else.but checking the elements is a good place to start

May 11, 2011 | Whirlpool Kitchen Ranges

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My dryer stopped heating and i changed the vuse and blow again can u tell me whats the problem thank u

The blown fuse is most likely caused by a short circuit in the dryer.
The first component I would check is the heater element as this is a highly stressed component in any electrical appliance.
Replace the blown fuse, then disconnect the wires to the heating element( Make sure you insulate the wires so as not to cause a short circuit against the dryer body).
Now turn on the drier & see if the fuse still blows. If it still blows, the problem is then most likely with the drum motor.
If it doesn't blow, you have only to replace the heating element.

Best wishes,

Apr 12, 2011 | Dryers

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Heating element

There should be a fuse located on the back towards the bottom. It should have a screw in cap holding fuse in plase.Remove fuse and see if you can tell if its blown. If your not sure you can try new fuse of right size and amp rating.Amp rating should be stamped on end or around base of fuse. If this helps thats great. If not and you think heating element is burned you probably better off to just get new one as the price of new element and possible other parts will cost you as much or more than buying new. Hope this helps. Thanks

Nov 08, 2010 | Patton PUH680-U Utility Heater

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first, make sure dryer is unplugged before removing cover. locate you heating element and with a multi meter or volt meter put dial on ohms setting or the setting that beeps when leads are touching together. your heating element looks like a coil of wire. remove the wires connected to each end of heating element. take the leads from volt meter and place the lead on one end of the coil and the other end on the opposite. if you do not hear a continuous beeping sound or no reading on your meter it is bad. if you do it's not. check internal clogg or the thermal fuse located near exhaust duct. the heating element has to be replaced.

Sep 02, 2010 | Dryers

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Dryer will not heat up when running. Was told to check the thermo fuse, ignitor and/or coil. Is that right? How do I check those things.

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Please follow this procedure I have provided below and it will tell you how to test each one ok
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Investigate these five areas if your dryer is not heating up:

Proper Voltage

If your dryer won't heat up, it's possible that it is not being supplied with the proper voltage. Here are three ways to make sure power is getting to your dryer: First, make sure your dryer is plugged in. Next, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the circuit breakers are in the correct positions. Finally, check to make sure no fuses in your fuse panel are blown. Any of these could explain why power is not getting to your dryer.

dryer_heating-element.jpg Heating Element

It is possible that your dryer isn't heating because its heating element is defective. Heating elements are irrepairable. If yours has ceased to function properly, you will have to replace it. Open your dryer's cabinet and locate the heating element so that you can test it.
dryer_thermal-fuse.jpg Thermal Fuse

Another possible cause for a dryer not heating up could be attributed to a faulty thermal fuse. Once a dryer's thermal fuse has blown, it is no longer of any use. If your dryer's fuse is blown, you will have to replace it. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its thermal fuse so that you can test it.
dryer_thermostat.jpg Thermostat

If any of your dryer's thermostats have become defective, they could be the reason that your dryer is not heating. Open up your dryer's cabinet and test each of your dryer's thermostats. If any are faulty, replace them.
dryer_timer.jpg Timer motor

A defective timer motor could also cause your dryer to not heat up. Test your dryer's timer motor. If it is no longer functioning as it should, replace either the entire motor assembly, or just its motor.

Jan 24, 2010 | Kenmore Dryers

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Will not heat

Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.

A burned out heating element will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Replace the element if found defective.

Note: It is recommended by most dryer manufacturers to replace a hi-limit thermostat when replacing a thermal fuse.

Jul 16, 2009 | LG DLE7177 Dryer

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Had new element but still no heat

First, you must test to make sure you have full 240 volts to the dryer across the two outside terminals where the cord connects onto the dryer. If you only are getting 120, the dryer motor may run fine, but you will not get any heating. If getting 240, list your model number so we can tell you where that thermal fuse might be on your machine.

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