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Whirlpool dryer WED5530SQ0, heats but does not run

Whirlpool WED5530SQ0, dryer heats when knob turned but when push start pressed drum does not run. I checked vent and belt looks fine. Any suggestions. Gladly appreciated.

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  • killgrnlf Oct 08, 2012

    I have same problem with same model and yes drum does not spin. Heat comes out still if u turn the left dial to a setting. I have a belt in center of drum (has grooves on under side) that is intact. I was thinking the push button switch to actuate the drum to turn (power) may be broken. Thanks and how many belts should u see?



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So,. basically your drum doesnt turn. SO your getting heat still even though the drum isnt turning. Is this right? Sounds strange??? Do you hear any humming noise when you push the start button? I need to know a little more about the problem because im kinda confused as how you decribed the problem. Iv never seen a dryer heat but the drum not spinning. especially your model dryer. Its electric heat right? because if the drum doesnt spin, maybe your motor is bad. and if your motor is bad, then your heating element wont heat up because the centrifical switch in the motor is not switching to complete the circuit to the heating element. So this is why im confused when you said" Dryer heats when knob turned but when "push button" pressed, drum doesnt run." Because your belt wraps around the motor pully and the motor is what makes the drum turn. Like i said, i never seen this model dryer heat with out the motor operating. So if you can give me some more info, ill do my best to help you out....Thanks!!!!

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    jonesky368 Apr 04, 2012

    I have the same problem with the same model. When I turn on the dryer, it is heating up, but the drum will not turn. The belt is in tact, so I don't know what else could be wrong. The heater coil is hot as Hades, though. Please offer any suggestions you may have.


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On my Whirlpool model WED5300SQ0 The solution to my units heating but not running was at the nonresettable thermal fuse. I disconnected the two wires to it and wired them together and pushed the start button and dyer ran. Replaced thermal fuse and unit works fine. The function of this fuse is to protect motor from damage.

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  • killgrnlf Oct 08, 2012

    thanks for that post.....I will give that a try before I hit a store (94 miles away)

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    Rebecca Wade Jul 01, 2014

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