I cleaned the lint from the upper lint chute, and the lower vent. Now the timer does not appear to work, the dryer does not shut off. It tumbles, and blows air, but does not heat. I'm not sure where to start on this combination problem. Help?
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I posted a reply earlier tonight and most dryers are similar in construction. You should be able to get access to the heating element but first perform the following inspection:
Many dryers don't dry if the internal exhaust chute becomes full of lint. What most people do not realize is that pulling the vent screen out and cleaning it (and possibly even using those miraculous vent brushes to reach inside) is synonymous only removing the "tip from an iceberg".
If you are fairly confident in using some basic hand tools. I can almost guarantee that if you disconnect the dryer's power cord from the wall and remove the vent hose from the back, you are at the beginning point of removing ALL the lint from the dryer. Use a hex nut driver or a screwdriver to remove the screws from the back of the dryer to inspect the area where the exhaust chute is that leads to the area where the vent hose is connected. (Be sure to "count" the number of screws and put them into a tin can or other retaining device to keep from losing any of them). You should be able to see the entire compartment once you open it. Carefully loosen the screws holding the exhaust chute as you will probably find plenty of hidden lint inside. Don't be surprised to find enough lint inside including the blower wheel to fill an average plastic grocery bag! Many dryer fires start in this area because most people do not know that so much lint collects there. I highly recommend that this easily accomplished task is done about one a year to keep the exhaust chute clean. It only takes about an hour to do the job very completely. Use a flashlight to inspect the entire area. You will be able to see the heating element inside the exhaust chute. If there is a broken heating element inside, the heating element will have a "break" in the wire. There is also a thermostat attached to the chute. Be sure to mark any wires inside before disconnecting them. Once you put the exhaust chute back together, test it again. If the dryer still does not heat, (and the heating element is not broken), the thermostat could be bad. Performing this inspection once a year is also good fire prevention maintenance. I am very curious about how much lint you find and if this fixed your problem. Please send me a reply. Thank You!
If your dryer is not drying like it once did or if you just have nottaken the time to give yourself a clean dryer in a long time then youneed to do that. At least once a year the dryer cleaning should takeplace. Lint build up in the dryer duct is one of the main causesfor your dryer to fail.
blower wheels will get loose in dryers. Sometimes they will get a whole lump of lint in them or you can hear a rattling noise in the dryer, this is the blower wheel, its worn out and it can cause the fuse to blow too,or it can half *** work and take fifty forever's to dry the clothes.Or it could be just that the dryer needs a good blowing out .I use a lawn blower to get all the lint out of the dryer as well as the vent pipe and vent to outside. I take the filter HOUSING out and wash it also. That is, I remove the housing and clean is good! Making sure that the dryer is properly flowing air is a good thing!
The timer is the Principal initiator of the entire heating cycle. it authorizes the needed current for proper element functions. you have stated that the timer fails to advance, or rotate properly. this will cause inadequate heating, therefore, not allowing optimal dryer performance.
replacing the timer will fix this issue.
((I would also like to recommend replacing the running thermostat as well. this is good preventive maintenance. its located on the dryer blower housing or vent duct.))