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I blew out my dryer because of nonoperation, then it worked for 3 days, then stopped again. Later, at night when I got home, I tried turning on, which it did, but stopped after maybe 30 seconds. Please help, I need to fix

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  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    All power is on to my dryer, and it is still trying to turn on

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    I do not have a heating element that may be cracked, it is gas operated. Again, my dryer has been acting up, it does want to turn on because I can hear it. This would not be happening if the thermal fuse was blown, there would be not continuity. Again, my dryer is a Frigidaire that is stacked on top of my washer and it is both electric, but does have a gas heater to dry my clothing. You tell me what is wrong, perhaps I am not describing my problem correctly.

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 20, 2010

    I am very thankful to Jahn27, strange how he helped from far away. I will stay with Fixya.com because of him and you, too. Would not be possible without you.

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Please describe the problem properly and indicate the exact model number of the dryer for a quick and precise troubleshooting.

Posted on Jun 07, 2010

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    Jahn27 Jun 07, 2010

    Please indicate what have you done so far to address problem and the behavior of the operation of the dryer including the one that made it work for 3 days.

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    Dear Jahn27, I have a stackable unit with the dryer on top. Anyway, it is a Frigidaire, model no. FLGB8200FS1. The problem started when the dryer stopped working (again I could it hear it want to start) so I opened it up, all panels off and I used my compressor to blow out all the lint, it did have alot. Next, I put it together and it worked for about 3 days, then suddenly stopped with the same thing of wanting to start when I turn the start button. Let me tell you that it does use gas to dry. Thanks

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    Jahn27 Jun 07, 2010

    Check to make sure that there's power to the dryer by means of the drum light. The drum light turns on when the dryer door is opened and turns off when closed. Otherwise, the door switch is bad or there's no power to the dryer. Another sign that there's power is the humming sound of the timer motor.

    Once power to the dryer is confirmed and the timer/timer motor is running but the dryer does not start, fiddle the timer knob and wiggle it to loosen and clean off dirt and corrosion in the timer contacts. Refer to the diagram below and check the motor overload protection by checking the continuity of the motor terminals M4 and M5. Replace the timer (part number 131583801) if there's continuity between these motor terminals. Otherwise, replace the dryer motor (part number 134196600).

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    Jahn 27, thanks for the answer, I will do as you say and get back with you.One more thing, I did remove the belt from the pulley and motor, and tried the motor by intself, it wanted to turn and then stop, then a burning smell could be detected but I still don't know from where. Do you thing that this means that the motor is going bad slowly? Just a question. thank you,

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    Jahn27 Jun 07, 2010

    It sounds like the motor is locking up then overheats, as indicated by the burning smell, and trips the motor overload protection. Put the belt back on then verify it by turning the drum manually to check if it is turning freely. Open the dryer door then activate the door
    switch manually. Push and hold the door switch and start the dryer then
    turn the drum manually while holding the door switch. It is indeed a locked rotor issue if the drum does not turn freely and
    the motor needs to
    be replaced.


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    Jahn27 Jun 14, 2010

    Please rate the solution which gave you the correct and necessary insights on what is the problem and how to address it. Failure to accept and rate the most helpful solution/advice provided makes the first solution automatically gets the credit no matter how inappropriate it is.

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Hi


Thanks for using FixYa. This can happen due to two things: thermal fuse and/or heating element. However, from what you have described it seems to be the issue with the Thermal Fuse going bad and needs to be replaced. It is mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. Also, often a dryer heating element burns out, but doesn't trip the circuit breaker or blow a fuse. The heating element is simply a long coil of special wire. You can check it for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity means the element is bad and you need to replace it. Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


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Rylee

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  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    I like the answer but I do have to check to see if this is the answer. Thank you.

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    Rylee Smith Jun 07, 2010

    OK, Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or post a comment for further assistance.


    Thanks
    Rylee

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    Rylee Smith Jun 07, 2010

    It wont dry even if the fuse is open or shorted. Also check for the gas valve and thermostat.

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    I forgot to mention that the dryer is stacked on top of the washer, and that it is gas operated. With gas, do necessarily have to have a coil that you describe. Also, does the thermal fuse go out gradually, the way my dryer is acting, that most certainly seems to be the case.I just started todaywith Fixya and I am just starting to get to know the system.

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    Rylee Smith Jun 07, 2010

    Usually it does have a gas valve and coil however, as I said it seems to be the Thermal fuse. Please post a comment with the model no# for your dryer.

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    Dear R. Smith, Does a stackable unit like mine, does the dryer up on top and the washer down at the bottom share the same thermal fuse, is this the same as a thermistor

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Jun 07, 2010

    Thats the reason I asked you for the model no#

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Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? If you plug something else into the outlet, does it work? If not, check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Door switch If the door switch or the door-switch actuator is defective, the dryer won't work and you need to replace the failed component. The switch is inside the dryer main housing near the door frame. Sometimes you need to raise or open the top or front of the dryer to reach the switch. Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse (a heat-sensitive fuse that blows if the dryer overheats) mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse is about an inch long. It's usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing.

If the fuse has blown, it has no continuity. When this happens, your dryer either just stops heating, or it doesn't work at all. Be sure to inspect the venting/heating system before replacing the fuse to put the dryer back into operation. (You can't re-set this type of fuse.)
Wiring Often the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, burns and the connection breaks. In this has happened to your dryer, you need to replace the power cord and the terminal block inside the dryer to which the wire is attached.

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  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 06, 2010

    Well, there is power, because when I turn the start button, I can here the click inside and the drum turns just a little bit, and then stops again. If I do this several times, sometimes I can smell like something burning, but maybe because I am trying too many times. I don't want to take apart to clean out again, I think that I did a good job because it worked for about 3 days. It was never overloaded, nor does it overheat, I think. I hope this bit of infor helps. Thanks

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 06, 2010

    Joe, I think I lost you. Anyway, there is power and I can hear a click when I turn the start button, and the drum wants to turn. If I try turning on too many times, I can smell a something burning, so I stop. I'll try later and it still wants to turn

  • glcrlsvgllrd Jun 07, 2010

    Joe, My dryer has power because I can hear it wanting to turn, and plus I checked breakers and the wall receptacle

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