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Drum turns, poweris present, does not heat

Dryer is around 1 year old. sits next to the exhust vent with no kinks in the exhaust hose. had just finished a couple loads, then the dryer just quit heating. the dryer is apart i just need to know how to test thermostats.

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Some stats are classed one shot and therfore non resettable,,You can check them with a multimeter is should read or sound when connected acorss. Failing that try a battery from a torch or alike across the stat one end small bulb /lamp the other if it light circuit ok if not buy a new stat/make sure you clean filters anyway...Good luck

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HI. To test the thermostats or fuse, set the multimeter to the ohms setting X1. Touch one probe to each terminal. You should get a reading of either zero or infinity. At room temperature, the thermostats should have a reading of zero. When the thermostats are heated to their limit temperature, they should switch off and you should get a reading of infinity. The fuse should be tested at room temperature for continuity.

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    Most dryers have a thermal fuse, which burns out when the dryer overheats, in which case the dryer will either not run at all or stop heating. The fuse is usually located on the vent duct, inside the dryer. A blown fuse will show no continuity when measured with a meter. Before replacing the fuse, make sure the blower wheel is not broken or clogged, and there is nothing blocking the venting.


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