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Wont stay on

Will start but wont stay on

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  • iamenergy May 11, 2010


    What exactly do you mean by "won't stay on"?
    Does it stop tumbling?
    Does the heating element continually cycle on/off?

    There is at least one thermal cut off switch.
    It is a two terminal device usually mounted near the heating element or in/near where the hot air exhaust leaves the dryer.

    should be closed (shorted) all of the time. It should ONLY open when
    dryer overheats. Check it with an ohm meter with AC power disconnected.
    It should be a short. If open replace it.

    You can also check it with power connected but you must be VERY VERY CAREFUL !!
    Connect an AC voltmeter set to read 250 VAC across the switch.
    Run the the dryer.
    It should measure zero VAC.
    If the switch opens it will measure about 220 VAC.
    If it opens when it has not overheated, replace the switch.


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Check under the console for a motor relay. If a motor relay is present replace it. On some models the relay is part of the start switch. The relay will be a black,square device with 3 to 4 wires on it. There may also be a relay for the heater. If so, replace it too as it may be ready to fail soon.

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