Question about Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer
I think my dryer motor is going out but I would like to test it for before I purchase a new motor. How can I test my motor to see if it is the problem?
Very often you don't need a whole new motor. The parts that wear are called brushes, and are made of solid graphite.
These supply the power to the rotating part of the motor.
If the motor sticks or sparks, then these are probably what is needed.
If it buzzes a lot or has very little power, it is more likely to be the run capacitor.
Have a look at this site for detailed pictures of the parts, and replacement costs (from them) It may be better to shop around or enquire locally for replacements.
Repairs should only be undertaken by competent persons or those trained in repair procedures to avoid injury.
Posted on Jun 22, 2008
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Based off the information you have provided your Frigidaire dryer is blowing the thermal limiter and you think the problem could be with the motor or heating element. In order to pinpoint the problem with your dryer I would suggest seeking assistance from a professional technician. They will have the appropriate tools needed for test each component and this will help prevent you from purchasing unnecessary parts. I hope this information is helpful. -Matt
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Investigate these areas if your dryer is not starting:
Proper Voltage from the House
Your dryer may not be receiving adequate voltage to start. Make sure your dryer is plugged in. Also, check the circuit breaker panel to make sure all the circuit breakers are in the correct positions. Or check to make sure no fuses in the fuse panel are blown. Try plugging something else into the same outlet. If it won't work either, then there is likely something wrong with the power outlet. Any of these could be the reason power is not getting to your dryer. Also, refrain from using an extension cord to plug your dryer in.
If your dryer's door switch is defective, it will not
allow your dryer to start. Test your dryer's door switch. If it is
defective, replace it.
A dryer cannot start if its start switch is
defective. Test your dryer's start switch. If it is defective, you will
have to replace it for your dryer to start again.
A thermal fuse is a heat-sensitive fuse attached to
your dryer's exhaust duct (in most models) that is designed to blow if
the dryer overheats. A blown fuse would cause your dryer to not heat, or
to not work at all. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its thermal
fuse. Test the component. If it has blown, replace it.
A defective dryer thermostat could be what is
preventing your dryer from starting. Open up your dryer's cabinet. Test
each of your dryer's thermostats. Replace any that have become
Your dryer's timer will not function properly if its
motor is malfunctioning. Open up your dryer's cabinet and locate its
motor. Test the component. If it is not functioning as it should,
replace either the motor itself, or the entire timer assembly.
A burned out motor could be what is keeping your
dryer from starting. Test your dryer's motor and if it is defective,
replace it. You will have to open your dryer in order to gain access to
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