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No heat in dryer . the drum turns but there is no heat in dryer. does no dry clothes

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A few things you do yourself:

Be sure to double check the setting on the dryer. It's a "duh" thing, but sometimes people forget that they've turned the dryer temp down to a delicate load.

Check the panel box. Electric dryers require 240 volts to run properly, which means they have a 40-ampere two-pole breaker. If one of the breakers trips or goes bad, the dryer has enough power to run but not enough to produce heat. You may need to replace the breaker to prevent this from happening again.

Check the outlet with a volt meter, on the 220 read-out of the meter! As said earlier, electric dryers require 240 volts to run. If there is not enough power to the outlet, but the breakers are fine, then there is a problem with the wires in your house. You will need to call a licensed electrician.

Check the thermal fuse. Depending on the type of dryer, this fuse will be located either in the front of back of your dryer. (Check your appliance diagram.) It is usually an inch long and mounted in white plastic. Test the fuse using a continuity meter. If the fuse has been blown, replace it.

For electric dryers, locate the heating element on your dryer and test it for continuity using a continuity meter. If it is not working, you will need to replace it.

If in doubt remove it and take it to a local appliance parts supply store. They are usually helpful with that. They can tell you if any parts are bad, and can give you a new one right away!

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Gas or Electric?

Electric - it is possible that the element is burned out. You will have to remove the back for access. Make sure you are disconnected before you test anything..

Gas - is yours a pilot fired or igniter? Pilot - check the thermocouple. Igniter - is it intact?

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