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My dryer won't run. It has power when we open the door the light comes on. I have tried unplugging it and plugging back in. I checked the circuit breakers but they are fine. Whats wrong?

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Try bypassing the door switch this should fix the problem. Good Luck Tim

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

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Door check: Is the door safety switch closing? If it is or if you don't know if it is, and if you can get to the switch, you can take the wires off the switch and connect them together with a jumper wire ( unplug the machine before you do this!). With the wires clear of any metal, plug the machine back in, then press the start switch (you can leave the door open). If the machine starts, the door switch is defective.

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Do you hear a hum without the motor running? If so it indicates wearing of the motor bearings, brushes or the stator. Brushes can usually be replaced easily, but other motor problems require professional repair or replacement.

Smell check: Any unusual odors when you try to start the machine? A hot rubber smell means belt trouble. Check the belt as above. An electrical burning smell means motor or other electrical failure. Call a repair man unless you know what you are doing.

Electrical check: If you can read an electrical schematic (usually on a sticker inside the dryer cabinet or in the owner's manual) and you can use a multimeter, check continuity in the timer/cycle control, relays and switches. If you don;t understand electricity, don't mess with it! It can kill you, especially if your dryer power is 220VAC.

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If your model number is correct, all the heating circuits on your dryer are easily accessible from the back of the dryer. All you have to do is unplug the dyer and remove the back panel. Look for the Thermal Fuse. This will be a small plastic looking component with two wires attached to it. Its mounted on the blower fan housing on the left hand side of the dryer (as facing from the rear). Unplug the wires from the Thermal Fuse and take a resistance reading across the terminals. If good, it will read 0 ohms. If bad, you must replace it.

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1. Does the dryer have multiple breakers? An electric dryer runs on 220VAC. Some home use two 110VAC breakers instead of one 220 breaker. Double check your power distribution and make sure you have the breaker(s) set properly.

2. Have you checked the voltage at the wall receptacle? Unplug the dryer and take a voltage reading across the two hot (left and right slots) terminals. If good, you should read 220-240VAC.

3. Have you verified the power cord is good? You can check the power cord by leaving the dryer unplugged and remove the back panel where the power cord is installed on the back of the dryer. This is called the terminal block. You can either perform continuity checks between the prongs on the cord to the terminals at the terminal block, or you can plug the cord back in and take a voltage reading across the RED and BLACK wires at the terminal block.

If good, you should read the same 220-240VAC that you read at the wall receptacle.

If continuity is good you will read 0 ohms resistance from the end of the power cord to the terminal block.

4. Have you verified the door switch? When you open the door is the drum light on? With the dryer plugged in, you should be able to open the dryer door and see the light on insode the drum. Toggling the door switch with your finger, this light should go out if the switch is making contact. If the switch is defective, the dryer will not run.

I hope I've given you enough items to consider. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Something other things to consider:

1. Does the dryer have multiple breakers? An electric dryer runs on 220VAC. Some home use two 110VAC breakers instead of one 220 breaker. Double check your power distribution and make sure you have the breaker(s) set properly.

2. Have you checked the voltage at the wall receptacle? Unplug the dryer and take a voltage reading across the two hot (left and right slots) terminals. If good, you should read 220-240VAC.

3. Have you verified the power cord is good? You can check the power cord by leaving the dryer unplugged and remove the back panel where the power cord is installed on the back of the dryer. This is called the terminal block. You can either perform continuity checks between the prongs on the cord to the terminals at the terminal block, or you can plug the cord back in and take a voltage reading across the RED and BLACK wires at the terminal block.

If good, you should read the same 220-240VAC that you read at the wall receptacle.

If continuity is good you will read 0 ohms resistance from the end of the power cord to the terminal block.

4. Have you verified the door switch? When you open the door is the drum light on? With the dryer plugged in, you should be able to open the dryer door and see the light on insode the drum. Toggling the door switch with your finger, this light should go out if the switch is making contact. If the switch is defective, the dryer will not run.

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