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What would make our siemens ultra sense electric dryer stop running after about 5 to 10 minutes?

I took the dryer all apart and cleaned any and all lint out of it,including the tub.The dryer started out not heating very well anymore and later come to find out we were not getting the proper power to the dryer because of a bad barrel fuse not making good contact.Once that was fixed were started getting good heat again,but know we cant keep it running long enough to properly get the clothes dried.When a friend of our was checking volts and ohms at the power cord connection,he touch his probes from his meter on the wrong contacts and got a big spark.Could he have shorted or blown something on the circuit board,or could it be a heat sensor.We do get the lint filter light flashing when it shut off.Thanx for any and all help.

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I SUSPECT YOU SHOULD CHECK UR MOISTER SENSOR LOCATED IN THE DOOR OF DRYER.

ELECTRIC Dryer no heat or little heat, or shuts down to fast:

Check your venting and lint basket. Check blower for lint build up and blower wheel obstruction., test by trying to turn the wheel manually by hand (should be easy) May have to remove cabinet or front/back plate to get to it)

Next check the heating element itself with a meter for continuity OHMS CLOSED CIRCUIT. If not its defective or has a short if its grounding out? Which in turns causes blown fuses or thermostats or overheating.

Check dryer Terminal block prongs both outside prongs should give combined 220, and 110 each if u check 1 outside & 1 center (ground) prong. Also check house electrical outlet for full voltage. 220 because if u only get half or 110 volts you will be able to run the machine which uses only 110 to run motor but not the heater which uses a full 220,

Check the thermal cut off, the cycling and the hi limit thermostats.
For continuity or OHMS. If no ohms or resistance they need replacement.

Lastly check your moister sensor. ( located inside the dryer door usually) Especially if machine seems to shut down early and clothes are still wet.
Test with a meter at room temperature and it should show continuity.
A failed moisture sensor will affect the dryer run time in the automatic moisture sensing cycle but it will not affect the heating of the dryer or the timed cycle. Which are reflected by the thermostats.

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