I was using the dryer and when I walked past the fuse box, I heard a clicking noise. The circuit breaker to the dryer was making the noise. About 30 minutes later, the dryer buzzed and the clothes were finished and all dry. I put in a second load. An hour later, the buzzer sounded and the clothes were hotter than usual. A couple of shirts were wrinkled bad. I went to put in one last load and the dryer wouldn't start. My wife was working in the bedroom where the fusebox is and she said she smelled something burning.
Also the dial turns by itself. I set it on 60 and push the start button nothing. But everynow and then I hear a little click at the dryer and it's now at the off position. A few minutes later, I hear another click. It's now turned more to the next off position and so on even without being on.
I went back and changed the circuit breaker, but the dryer still won't come on.
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Hi margaretc920 - Often when a dryer turns but will not
heat, it is because either a fuse from the fuse box is blown or the switches on
the breaker tripped, depending on your house. If your house uses fuses, there
are two house fuses that supply voltage to the dryer circuit in your fuse box.
If one of the two fuses is blown, the unit may turn but will not heat. Check and replace fuse in fuse box if
necessary. However, if the house has circuit breakers, there may be two
breakers with switches that supply voltage to the dryer and if one is tripped the
unit as well will experience this issue. The heater of a dryer requires 220 to
240 volts to operate. Try resetting the
unit by either unplugging it or flipping the household breaker to the off
position. Wait approximately two minutes, turn on the dryer and select a normal
cycle. If the issue persists, it could also potentially mean a number of other
things: defective cord, wiring, control board or door switch. I would personally
contact a professional to accurately diagnose the dryer to determine the root
cause to reduce the risk of unnecessary parts.
Here are the probable causes, listed my most common to least common: 1) The heating element has failed, likely burnt in two. 2) One of the "overheat thermostat switches" has failed. There are several, as few as 3 as many as 6. 3) A wire inside the machine has burned in two. Usually it will be near the heating element. 4) At the place where the electric cord attaches to the dryer in the back, one to the wire connections is toasted, needs repair. 5) A circuit breaker in your "fuse box" has tripped and needs to be reset. The fuse box may be in the garage, laundry room, basement, hall, or wherever. If you wish to attempt to fix it yourself, a question to "fixya" might get someone to walk you through the steps. You'd need tools and a testing machine. Be blessed.
go to your fuse box and try replacing the 2 fuses for the dryer circuit or if you have a circuit breaker box shut off the breaker for the dryer and turn it back on and try the dryer again. I used to be an electrician and found double pole circuit breakers that have only one side tripped. alot of 220volt electric dryers use one circuit for the tumbler motor and the other circuit for the heating element
Electric dryers use 220 volts or two power lines of 110 volts each. Some components in the dryer need only 110 volts; the heating element requires 220 volts. So it's possible for one part of the dryer to be fine and another part to have a short circuit. Short circuits can be caused by the heating element, the main power cord, or any other part of the internal wiring. To decide where the problem lies, unplug the dryer, then:
If the circuit breakers or fuses remain on and/or intact when the dryer is unplugged, it's likely the problem is with the dryer. Contact a qualified appliance repair technician.
If the circuit breaker trips or the fuse blows when the dryer is unplugged, it's likely the problem is with the house wiring, fuse box, or circuit box. Contact a qualified electrician.