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Hi,Dryer wont restart

Hi,
My dryer cut out in the middle of a cycle and I was able to restart it after it sat for about 15 minutes. I assume it cooled off, I cleaned the duct just in case that was the culprit. It ran OK the rest of the evening, but the next day it shut down in the middle of a load and now it won't start at all.

I set the timer cycles and hear the timer ticking. The start button will make the engagement "click" noise when pressed. The door switch sounds like it's making the click noise to close the circuit ok.

House CBs look OK and since the timer operates I tempted to assume the motor runs off the same leg.

I'm thinking that it can't be the thermal fuse since I was able to get it started once. I called a repair place and explained the situation. He immediately asked me if it was a Whirlpool and said that it sounds like the symptoms of a bad motor. I asked why did he think guess that it was a Whirlpool and he indicated that this is a common symptom and problem. He tolds me I was better off just getting a new dryer. I have one scheduled for delivery on Saturday, but wonder if it is worth tinkering with to determine if it is something else.

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  • defreitasm Sep 24, 2009

    The dryer is 10+ years old so I'm not sure I am willing to start throwing too much money at it. In fact I noticed a mall rust spot forming inside the drum. The shame of it is I replaced the heater element less than a year ago. At the time I was hoping that would buy me a couple of years, but that's how it goes.

  • defreitasm Sep 25, 2009

    I did some trouble shooting before I read your post and it was the thermal fuse. I replaced it and it is working as I type. There was some lint in the accumaltion in the vent hose. I got as much out as I could and will replace the vent over the next two days. I never had completely blocked airflow but assume there was some restriction. I think the link filter may have also blocked some airflow as it had built up residue. I think the residue on the lint filter is from those fabric softener sheets that I tell my wife not to use. I am going to order a new one since the screen is wearing thin around the edges and starting to develop holes. It still puzzles me how the first time it cut out it restarted I believe from cooling off. I'm thinking maybe a resettable overload on the motor maybe but not really sure. I am tempted to say the thermal fuse may not have been fully blown and somehow was able to pass current if that's possible, though unlikely.

    One other thing.... back in December, the heater element was replaced and the tech told me it may have been from overheating. Maybe this fuse was fatigued but again it still mystifies me that after the first shutdown it restart.

  • defreitasm Sep 25, 2009

    I did some trouble shooting tonight when I got homest and it was the thermal fuse. I was lucky to find an appliance store open till 9:00 and replaced it. The dryer is working as I type and has been operational the last couple of hours. There was some lint in the accumaltion in the vent hose. I got as much out as I could and will replace the vent over the next two days. I never had completely blocked airflow but assume there was some restriction. I think the link filter may have also blocked some airflow as it had built up residue. I think the residue on the lint filter is from those fabric softener sheets that I tell my wife not to use. I am going to order a new one since the screen is wearing thin around the edges and starting to develop holes. It still puzzles me how the first time it cut out it restarted I believe from cooling off. I'm thinking maybe a resettable overload on the motor maybe but not really sure. I am tempted to say the thermal fuse may not have been fully blown and somehow was able to pass current if that's possible, though unlikely.

    One other thing.... back in December, the heater element was replaced and the tech told me it may have been from overheating. Maybe this fuse was fatigued but again it still mystifies me that after the first shutdown it restart.

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Def. sounds like a bad or failing motor situation... motors cost anywhere from 125 to 200 dolloars... not too hard to replace though....

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

  • Tijerrex Sep 24, 2009

    yeah when they start to rust and such you really have to question spending that kind of money on it... heating element may be worth saving though... the belt too if it looks like it's in good shape

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