Heating element turns on, dryer will not spin, belt is good
The dryer which workedfine the last time we used it will no longer work now. The heating element is glowing, I verified 240 vac coming to the unit and I performed continuity checks on the switches. I puled toe tp of the dryer to verify that the belt was not off or loose. However,even though everything checks out that it is fine, when you push the start button, nothing will happen.
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Re: Heating element turns on, dryer will not spin, belt...
Check the door switch, thermal fuse(s) and check the start button. You may have burned contacts in a switch. Check the switch in the motor, with the power cable disconnected. Take the screws off, open the switch pry it open with a flat screw driver. Then pull the contacts out with one at a time with the cable connected. File, sand, use a wire brush do what ever you have to to clean the contacts. The press it back in, do the next one. One at a time, put them back press the switch make sure the contacts, make contact with each other. The top contact has to make contact with two contacts ether or when you press the switch. It should be to one side or the other making contact, this will make sense if you decide to open the switch. Put it back together and check the dryer. This is not difficult to do, it might be intimidating but not difficult.
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If it's electric, could be timer or heat level selector switch, a relay to heating element, the heating element itself bad or the overheat thermostatic switch has failed. How old is the dryer? A lightly used replacement may be less than the repair technition and parts.
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
the element is at the front of the unit.if u have no heat it is proberly your element, broken wire, timer or thermostat. if u have an electrical test meter i can tell how to test 4 faulty component. 90% of the time i have found it is the element . please reply 4 more help. element replacement is not too expensive.
Same thing just happened to my DEGX1. I took it apart and one of the
heating elements had broken and fell to the bottom of the metal case.
I think it was creating a short to ground and making it heat. I
removed the broken element wires and attached them back best I could
and did a test run with no problems. It is not heating when off now
either. searspartsdirect.com had the elements for $67 so I ordered a
set and will replace both of them (part #395583).
My dryer is only 4 years old and 3 weeks ago the driver belt broke.
Irritating they can't make them last any longer these days.
The burning smell usually indicates an over-heating motor. It could also be lint on the heating element that is getting hot (very dangerous).
Either way, I would not use the dryer until you call a certified techinican. If it's lint on the element, he should only charge you for a service cost to clean out the lint. If he diagnoses a bad motor, then the motor is usually around $150 and labor $100.
You can sometimes find technicians that offer free estimates. I think that will be your best bet.
Thermal fuse , is the small white plastic piece on the blower box . That , keeps the dryer from running . Thermal cut-off , is the small thermostat on the burner (element) box , which would keep the dryer from heating .
Since you stated that the heating element is heating up I believe it rules out the thermal switches. When you push the start button does it make the motor make any noise? Maybe hear the motor humming? Two things to check for are Broken Belt or Bad Motor: This requires common sense and since you are going to be bypassing the safety features you need be CAREFUL.
First, with door open, manually press in door switch to by-pass door safety, then press "start", try to manually start the dryer by spinning the drum by hand, If you hear the motor humming but it does not start spinning on it's own; most likely it is a broken belt which can be changed without much difficulty for less than $15 bucks. NOW if it then continues to spin on it's own GET YOUR HAND OUT OF THERE and close the door; you have a bad motor and even though it started it needs to be replaced. A motor for that is available for just under $100 bucks and is not to bad to replace, I would recommend replacing the belt at the same time since you will be in there. Good Luck!
The exhaust hose in the back will not affect whether the dryer will heat. The hose just removes the used hot air to a place outside your house. I assume dryer drum spins, but you get no heat. If the dryer has gotten a few years of use, I suspect that the heating element has gone bad. Have you noticed that it has taken longer and longer to dry clothes than it used to? If so, most probably the element is bad. The element is not unlike a heating element in an electric stove, and is housed in a duct inside the dryer.