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Dryer won't start when i push the button,checked breaker,removed back,i believe there is power to switch.what di i need to check for?

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If your model number is correct, all the heating circuits on your dryer are easily accessible from the back of the dryer. All you have to do is unplug the dyer and remove the back panel. Look for the Thermal Fuse. This will be a small plastic looking component with two wires attached to it. Its mounted on the blower fan housing on the left hand side of the dryer (as facing from the rear). Unplug the wires from the Thermal Fuse and take a resistance reading across the terminals. If good, it will read 0 ohms. If bad, you must replace it.

This component will blow in an overheat/over-current condition and must be replaced. Usually when this component fails, it fails for a reason. Check your blower fan housing for any clogs or obstructions that may be causing the dryer to run hot.

For clarification, refer to appliancepartspros.com for exploded view daigrams of your dryer. Just type in your model number and look under Section 3 for item 19 (part number AP3132867).

Something else to consider:

1. Does the dryer have multiple breakers? An electric dryer runs on 220VAC. Some home use two 110VAC breakers instead of one 220 breaker. Double check your power distribution and make sure you have the breaker(s) set properly.

2. Have you checked the voltage at the wall receptacle? Unplug the dryer and take a voltage reading across the two hot (left and right slots) terminals. If good, you should read 220-240VAC.

3. Have you verified the power cord is good? You can check the power cord by leaving the dryer unplugged and remove the back panel where the power cord is installed on the back of the dryer. This is called the terminal block. You can either perform continuity checks between the prongs on the cord to the terminals at the terminal block, or you can plug the cord back in and take a voltage reading across the RED and BLACK wires at the terminal block.

If good, you should read the same 220-240VAC that you read at the wall receptacle.

If continuity is good you will read 0 ohms resistance from the end of the power cord to the terminal block.

4. Have you verified the door switch? When you open the door is the drum light on? With the dryer plugged in, you should be able to open the dryer door and see the light on insode the drum. Toggling the door switch with your finger, this light should go out if the switch is making contact. If the switch is defective, the dryer will not run.

I hope I've given you enough items to consider. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Jul 30, 2009

    PS I forgot the most obvious (and common) problem - check your dryer belt. You can check by lifting the lint screen cover on the top of the dryer and removing the two screws. With the screws removed, the top panel will lift up exposing the drum. The belt should easily be seen wrapped around the drum. If you pull on it, the belt should be tight with no play in it. If the belt is missing it or comes off the drum, replace with a new one.



    NOTE: If the belt is missing it usually comes off the drum when it breaks and gets wrapped around the drive motor shaft.



    If the belt is still wrapped around the drum, but is loose, it probably came off the idler pulley and needs to be re-installed. Let me know if you need assistance with installing a belt if this turns out to be the problem.

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