When I turn the timing knob on to start a load, I can here the timer ticking behind the back panel, but nothing happens. I have the back panel off and it looks like there are sensors that can possibly go bad. Can this be traced with a voltage meter? The drum doesn't turn. There was no smell as is if the belt broke. The breaker is fine. It's as though a fail safe sensor has gone bad and won't let the circuitry follow the proper course.
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Re: Whirlpool electric dryer not working at all
The most likely cause is the motor cutoff on the back of your dryer, on the blower housing. Looking at the dryer from the back, unplug the dryer, take the back cover off. This fuse is white and black it is on the botttom left side on the blower housing and usually has two small blue wires going to it. Again make sure dryer has no power going to it. pull one wire off and measure fuse. A good fuse will measure close to 0 ohms when good. If not it is bad. Replace fuse. These fuses sometimes fail on there own but usually it is b/c of a clogged vent and your dryer has overheated. make sure you clean your vent thoroughly with a vent cleaning brush all the way through. This should prevent the fuse from overheating again.
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You can perform some Whirlpool electric
dryer timer troubleshooting to determine if the timer is faulty or if
the cause is somewhere else within the dryer.
Access the Timer
Unplug the Whirlpool dryer power
cord from the dryer electrical outlet. The timer is inside the control
panel on the top of the dryer. Pull the dryer away from the back wall so
that the control console can be raised without hitting the wall.
Remove the single screw on each end of the control console that
secures the control console housing to the top of the dryer. Grab the
sides of the control console and raise the front of the console up and
toward the rear of the dryer. With the control console in the service
position you will now be able to test the timer.
Test the Timer
Locate the dryer timer inside
the control console. It will be directly behind the dryer timer control
knob. There are two wires that connect from the dryer to the dryer
timer. Place a piece of masking tape on each wire and write on the tape
what terminal each wire attaches. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to
remove the wires from the terminal ends on the timer.
Set the scale on a volt-ohm meter to the RX1 setting to measure the
ohms of the timer. Place one probe to one terminal and the other probe
to the remaining terminal. You should get a reading between 2,000 ohms
and 3,000 ohms. If you do not get this reading, replace the timer.
Replacing the Timer
Pull the control knob off of the
timer shaft on the face of the control console. Remove the two screws
that secure the timer to the inside of the control console. Pull the
timer out and take the timer with you to an appliance repair facility.
Compare the new timer to the old timer to make sure that the mounting
Place the new timer inside the console and secure the timer with the
two retaining screws. Attach the wires to the timer and remove the
masking tape from the wires. Lower the control console and reattach the
console to the top of the dryer with the retaining screws. Push the
control knob back over the timer shaft. Push the dryer back against the
wall and plug the power cord back into the electrical outlet.
Most likely the timer motor or the main thermostat is bad (some dryers hold the timer off until the thermostat says the dryer is warmed up). I assume you have adequate heat since you do not mention any problem with the clothes not drying in the usual time.
Usually there is a wiring diagram hidden inside the control panel or posted inside the back panel. If you can read it, you can figure out whether a thermostat controls the timer motor. (I've never had to work on a Whirlpool dryer control problem, so I can't tell you.)
does the light close when the door is closed??? poosible that the door switch has gone bad. or a bad thermal fuse behind the unit is also a common culprit of this.. its a white thermostat on back of unit behind the panel (-----------------------) approx this long ad white,,
Hi. im assuming the buzz came from the timer knob(behind the knob). if so, this will confirm timer failure and, you will need to replace this timer control module in order to restore proper function to your unit.
If the buzz was located behind the start switch, replace as well.
is this the even heat model? if it is you need a new control board on the back of the timer area and might as well buy a couple relays the black ones with 4 wires in them. one is for the pts and the other is a heater relay both are the same part