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Whirlpool Electric Dryer Model LER8858EQ1 TYPE NO. 180-0

When dryer is operating and the door is opened while dryer is in drying cycle the heating element remain will remain on, when the timer is in the off position the element is off.

Could this problem be caused by the HI Limit Thermostat? If so how can it be checked?

The 196 degree thermal fuse was open.

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  • prg105 Jun 23, 2008

    Checked heating element and it appeared as if over time the heating element wire had vibrated and was touching the element frame and causing a short. After adjusting the coil, the short was gone. None of the insulators were broken.



    Thanks for the help, it put me in the right area to correct problem.

  • prg105 Jun 24, 2008

    It appears that vibration of dryer caused a coil of the element to come in contact with the frame the coil is mounted on causing a short. Adjusted the spacing of the coil the element works OK and dryer does not heat when door is opened during the timer cycle.



    Thanks for all the help you point me in the right direction.

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Based on the information that you provided, if you open the door in mid-cycle and the motor shuts off, but the element stays on, this will stop the air flow through the dryer and the element. The element temperature will rise drastically because it is not being cooled. Subsequently, to prevent a fire, the thermal fuse will open, shutting the element, and in some cases the motor, down.
A heating element gets its power from the timer, through the cycling thermostat(s),and to 1 side of the element.
When the motor starts, power is passed through the centrifugal switch in the motor, through the hi-limit thermostat and the thermal fuse to the other side of the element.
There is no ground wiring involved in the heat side of the dryer.
1. An element can stay on because it has broken and fell against the metal tube where it picks up a ground. Solution is to replace the element.
2. The centrifugal switch mounted on or in the motor can fail to open when the motor stops and allow current to flow through it
until the points in the timer open up, breaking the circuit.
Below is a link that will help you with parts and diagnostic procedures that are specifically tuned to your manufacturers data plate information.
http://www.repairclinic.com/SmartSearch/SmartSearch.aspx

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Posted on Jun 23, 2008

  • David Emmel
    David Emmel Jun 24, 2008

    Thank you for your very generous rating! You may have an element failure in the near future, as once they short out against the frame, the molecular structure changes and the element usually burns through at that spot, rather quickly sometimes.



    Good luck,

    Dave E.(Illeagle)

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