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Dryer lights are on but dryer does not work

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  • ruthstead Feb 06, 2008

    It is my daughter's dryer as well...lol

    She said they have those old fuse panel and they changed the fuse twice, Does that mean they only changed one and there is another one???

  • ruthstead Feb 08, 2008

    Thank you sooo much. I will mention that and see if it helps

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I had a question recently from my daughter and her husband about their dryer that was doing the same thing. Dryers are usually 240v and they are connected to a double circuit breaker or two 120v legs of some kind and a white neutral wire. Dryers will have lights and indicators working if one side of the double circuit breaker trips, and if it happens to be that hot leg that tripped.
First go and reset the circuit breaker or replace the appropriate fuse(s). It should work fine.

Posted on Feb 05, 2008

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    Hjalmer Lamminen Feb 07, 2008

    Yes,
    The dryer is 240v. This means that there are two fuses.
    You may have to pull out the cartridge fuses if you have them.
    If you don't know how to check them, just try one you know is good.
    If someone can take the cover off safely from the electric panel where the fuses are, then you may be able to tell which are the wires that come from the dryer.
    Be extremely careful! safety first!
    when replacing fuses in those panels , it is a good idea to stand on a rubber mat(car mat ,door mat etc.) and wear some sort of gloves(rubber prefered). Just remember if the gloves are not for electrical work, they may not protect you as well, but they would be better than nothing on your hands.
    Also, these fuses to the dryer should be 40 amp and at the very least 30 amp rated. If not they may blow too quikly.
    In most electric panels that have screw in fuses that you have to replace when they blow, you will most likely find the tubular cartridge fuses that I mentioned in this email.
    If not you may need to get an electrician or someone qualified to replace the electric panel.

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