Question about Whirlpool Dryers
The dryer timer advances when the temperature sensor hits a preset level (or the moisture sensor detects the clothes are dry if your unit is so equipped). If your dryer is not heating up - it is normal for the timer not to advance. Check the easiest things first - assuming this is an electric dryer, make sure that both sides to the circuit breaker are not tripped. Electric dryers use 220 volts for heating, but only utilize one pole of this (110 volts) to run the motor. A dryer can "run" without heating if one pole of the 220 volt circuit is blown. Next, check your heating element. A visual inspection is easiest, but you can check with an ohmmeter (make sure the unit is unplugged). If the element is good, I would next check the limit thermostat (you could temporarily bypass as a test - but DO NOT run it that way as this is a crucial safety feature). Another culprit is the centrifugal switch on the motor. This switch only allows power to the element if the motor is running - but if the switch goes bad - no heat. Always - always -always - make sure your vents are clean and flowing freely - a restricted vent is a fire hazard and leads to overheating which is likely what caused the components to fail in the first place....
If none of these are out - write back and I will try to give you more ideas...
Posted on Jul 21, 2009
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