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I have a GEQ8811PW0 whirlpool dryer that will not heat up. I have followed most of the steps to determine that the heating element and thermal cutoff components are functional using a multimeter. I am not 100% sure that I am using the multimeter correctly. It is a fairly inexpensive model. I set it to OHMS using the setting that looks like a sound wave and it gets a reading when connecting to both ends of the thermal fuse, operating and high limit thermostats. Basically it just has a constant whistle sound. From this I assume that it means these are ok. I am now suspecting the timer or somthing else is gone bad. Please help, Thanks Aaron

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    **** I think I just got it. It seems the power outlet is messed up so that the connector on the right wasnt connecting fully. I unplugged it then bent it slightly and pluged it back it hoping for more contact and it worked

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Better replace the power cord/plug to avoid further damage to the outlet. Loose contacts can result in electrical noise interference with the rest of appliances in the house or the dryer itself.

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Hello Aaron. When a dryer will not heat Check to see whether there's power getting to the dryer. Is it plugged in? Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers--your dryer uses two fuses or circuit breakers. The dryer could tumble but not heat if only one of the two fuses is blown. If you have circuit breakers, one of the two circuit breakers can trip, even if the two for the dryer are connected. Heating element 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--electric heating elements aren't repairable. Thermal fuse On many dryers, there's a thermal fuse mounted to the exhaust duct inside the back cover panel. The fuse--which is about an inch long--is usually embedded in black resin and mounted in a white plastic housing. If the fuse has blown, you need to replace it. (You can't re-set it.) Wiring A common problem is for the main wiring connection from the house, at the dryer, to burn and break its connection. Because the dryer can still tumble with partial power, the connection may be only partially defective. You may need to replace both the power cord to the dryer and the terminal block inside the dryer that the wire is attached to.

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