My dryer turns and acts like it's heating but it is not. I do think it's the heating element, is this something I would have to replace, or is there a reset button for it? How do I fix it? If I get someone to fix it, what's a resonable price for them to charge?
You have this under "gas dryer" but by the model number it's an electrics dryer. There are 3 things you can check yourself first, 1) Check for blown fuses or popped circuit breakers. 2) Check the connections where the wires go in the back of the dryer 3) Make sure you have good airflow coming out of the vent outside your house. If all of these are good then you will have to call for service.
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First of all, unplug the unit before working on it. Be careful inside a fuse box, dangerous voltages. It's usually safe to change fuses or flip a breaker so long as your not in a wet location. Most dryers run the heating element on 220 volts, meaning you can either have one larger breaker or you could have 2 smaller breakers or fuses. If that is the case, possibly one of these breaker "legs" has tripped. Check that first. I would sooner think one of the heating elements are open or "not heating". I would look up the Roper Model number and search for the heating elements section. Some do have a thermal fuse but I think that would cause both elements to quit. Take a look here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=roper+dryer+heating+element+replacement
The burning smell usually indicates an over-heating motor. It could also be lint on the heating element that is getting hot (very dangerous).
Either way, I would not use the dryer until you call a certified techinican. If it's lint on the element, he should only charge you for a service cost to clean out the lint. If he diagnoses a bad motor, then the motor is usually around $150 and labor $100.
You can sometimes find technicians that offer free estimates. I think that will be your best bet.
Check operating and high limit thermostats. Just check all thermostats and thermal fuse non resetable. After that is done check heating element. Good luck Be sure & check thermostats something is not shutting it off. Timer may be stuck in cycle.
OK .. on your dryer it does have a bi-metal switch that turns on and off the element....if your dryer produces heat... nothing wrong with element.. a thermostat w/wire sensor is the only way to check for your heat if its working correctly.. the other is to check if your clothes coming out of your washer is it wetter then before.. might need to spin one more time.. good luck..