Question about Dryers
Problem started and pushing up on the door helped at first but now doesn't.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
A likely cause is failure of the relay.
the start switch provides a current to energise a relay,
the relay latches open (draws energize current from switched circuit) until current path is broken by the timer or door switches.
if the wires have come off the relay(happens) or the coil of the relay has failed, there will be no start.
With plug pulled
trace the wires from the start switch, to the first device, looks like this may be opaque. if any of the wires have come off refit them and retry start.
relay diagram looks like this test with meter for conduct between terminals labelled 85 86 (or Coil in other labelling standard),
or take to appliance parts store, can test and provide replacement on site.
Appliance part store will likely provide part labelled whirlpool, not a problem all the small parts are interchangeable
NOTE dryer relay may have up to 8 terminals,
2 for coil
3 (open close common) for each phase
Posted on Oct 30, 2008
is the motor humming or did you start it like this before by spinning the drum,if so you have a bad motor,also is the door switch making a clicking sound when you push it in and out,it should if it doesn't you could have a bad door switch,read it out with a meter and make sure you have power to the motor,
Posted on Feb 20, 2010
SOURCE: My kenmore 400 series dryer
There is a thermocouple on the inside that prevents the dryer from getting too hot. If this burns out this opens the circuit so the dryer will not work but all other functions will work.
Posted on Sep 23, 2010
if your sure the thermal fuse is good,, check the start switch,, making sure the dryer select setting is set to something other than off, also, the door switch . you can Jumper both these switches, I'd try the door switch first as they go out more often . if you have a meter and want to test the switch Some door switches have only two metal prongs extending from the body, while others have three. Those with three terminals will have a common (COM) terminal, a normally closed (N.C.) terminal, and a normally open (N.O.) terminal. Those switches with only two terminals will have either a common terminal and a normally open terminal, or a common terminal and a normally closed terminal. We are providing directions for testing a door switch with three terminals. If you are dealing with a door switch that has only two terminals, ignore the part of this test that does not apply to you.Use your ohmmeter to test your switch for continuity. Begin by setting your ohmmeter to measure resistance at a scale of R x 1. If yours is a two-wire switch, touch each tester probe to each of the switch's terminals. You should receive a reading of infinity. While the probes are still touching the switch's terminals, press in on and hold the switch. The reading should change to zero.
Posted on Jul 20, 2011
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